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Metro work on Janpath to begin on Monday

Come Monday and one of the city’s arterial roads will get clogged with traffic when the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) starts the construction work at Janpath. Already, important stretches in central Delhi have already started witnessing bottleneck traffic at peak hours.

delhi Updated: Oct 29, 2011 23:35 IST
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Come Monday and one of the city’s arterial roads will get clogged with traffic when the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) starts the construction work at Janpath. Already, important stretches in central Delhi have already started witnessing bottleneck traffic at peak hours.

DMRC will be digging up the entire stretch along the Tibetan Market and Janpath Mini Market. A few marshals have already been deployed at Windsor Place by the DMRC. They will guide traffic as well as check and allow those heading for the offices and hotels on the road.

While the Delhi Police have chalked out a detailed diversion plan to minimise inconvenience to commuters, demonstrations at Jantar Mantar will only add to traffic snarls. Traffic coming from south, southeast or southwest Delhi to Connaught Place and New Delhi Railway Station is being diverted through Rafi Marg and India Gate.

But shop owners are a worried lot as their business will he badly hit what with Delhiites and tourists avoiding the chaos that is likely to ensue after the construction. “We see a lot of business on Saturdays. This Saturday we did not get may customers. Sales will be further hit in the next few weeks,” said Sandeep Kumar, a shop owner in Janpath’s Tibetan market.

It is not the closure of the stretch that is the main cause of worry, but the signage at the Janpath crossing that obstructs the view of the entire stretch.

“The market is usually visible from the Janpath crossing. But due to signboards, that is also lost. So people don’t get to know that the Tibetan Market is open,” said Ramesh Chandra Negi, president of the Tibetian Market.

Some of the major buildings that will not be directly accessible are Janpath Hotel, Western Court, Eastern Court, Imperial Hotel, Kidwai Bhawan and STC.