Shoppers heading to Connaught Place should be ready to face a harrowing time due to the ongoing restoration work being carried out in the area.
It is a common sight to see people jostling for space while traversing through the alleys. The construction work has left them with little or no room to walk. Not only this, the parking space has been reduced considerably, forcing shoppers to look for other alternatives.What is worrisome is the fact that the warzone appearance of CP is likely to continue till 2013 as the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) — which is at loggerheads with one of the contractors of the project — is facing difficulty in meeting the December 2012 deadline, as promised before.
Sources said earlier the deadline for completing the restoration work was March 2012, but after one of the contractors abandoned the project midway, the deadline was pushed to 2013.
“One of the contractors, who was carrying out façade restoration work in the Inner Circle, left the work midway. We have issued them a showcause notice and are on the lookout for another contractor, for which tenders are being issued,” said a senior NDMC official.
In Inner Circle blocks, façade work such as rainwater proofing, finishing etc is yet to be carried out. However, the civic agency claims that the work will be completed by December 2012.
“We have set the deadline of December 2012 and will complete the tunnel work in the Middle Circle, besides the restoration work by 2012. All radials, that have been taken up, will also be made available for traffic in stages,” said Santosh Vaidya, secretary, NDMC.
Traders are also unhappy with the quality of work being carried out in the area.
“Now that the games are over, not much emphasis is being given on the quality of the work. The plaster has started to peel, the façade work is also not up to the mark,” said a trader not wishing to be named.
The civic agency has claimed that work in D block will be completed by October 20, while C block would be finished by November 20.
The radial roads — connecting Outer Circle to Middle Circle and Middle Circle to Inner Circle — will be opened to the public by the year end.
Meanwhile, pedestrians continue to face an arduous task as the three subways, to be made fully functional after installation of escalators, are yet to be completed. These subways were to be made functional before the Commonwealth Games.
“We have procured six escalators and three will be commissioned. The Kasturba Gandhi Marg subway will be made functional within 10 days followed by the one in front of Statesman House and then at Super Bazar,” added the official.