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After Diwali, CP to lose its look

It could become another year of hardships for the traders and shoppers in Connaught Place after Diwali. The reason: The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to resume their upgrade work they couldn't complete before the Commonwealth Games

delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2010 23:50 IST
Neelam Pandey

It could become another year of hardships for the traders and shoppers in Connaught Place after Diwali. The reason: The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to resume their upgrade work they couldn't complete before the Commonwealth Games.

The traders are still suffering from the losses they due to the renovations for the Games. According to the NDMC, the work, once resumed, would continue till the end of 2011.

According to NDMC officials, they plan to start the work in a phased manner, though they claimed that this time they would cause minimal inconvenience. "We will first complete the eight subways and the service corridor which will link all the blocks. We are currently having discussions with Engineers India Limited, the firm that has done the renovation, as to how to proceed with the work," said a senior NDMC official on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

However, sources said that getting permissions related to subways' construction from traffic police would be difficult.

In the next round of restoration, most work be done in the middle circle and would be underground.

The New Delhi Trader's Association (NDTA) has requested the NDMC to allow the festive season to pass before the restoration work resumed. "For one-and-a-half years, the traders of Connaught Place have had to suffer losses due to the digging so we wanted Diwali season, one of the most profitable to go smoothly," Atul Bhargava, president NDTA.

Suffering from heavy losses, the traders are now trying to turn their businesses around. "We would soon start shopping festivals. This time, they would be more business-centric rather than based around entertainment, although it would play a key role. We are also planning a vintage car rally," he added.