Here’s some bad news for coffee drinkers. Two coffee shops in the heart of Connaught Place — Coffee Home on Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Indian Coffee House opposite it — might soon shut down.
Coffee Home will soon make way for a multi-level parking lot. New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has written to Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) — the body that runs the shop — to vacate it by October.
Coffee Home, on Baba Kharak Singh Marg near the Maharashtra Emporium, was the first of the five coffee homes opened by the DTTDC across the city in 1989.
“We had written to DTTDC more than six months back to vacate the plot. When we didn’t get a reply, we decided to send another letter. We are hopeful that they will vacate it by next month,” said a senior NDMC official.
The civic agency will build a multi-level parking lot on the plot. According to the civic agency, the land was provided to them by the Land and Development Office to create the parking lot but the project got delayed.
“We had provided DTTDC with an alternative plot at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Place in Gole Market to set up Coffee Home. But they used it for some other project,” the official added.
Besides Coffee Home, Indian Coffee House, located across the road and run by the Indian Coffee Workers Co-operative Society (ICWCS), are also planning to shut it down following an NDMC court direction to clear outstanding dues or vacate the premises.
The Indian Coffee House, founded in 1957, has defaulted in monthly payments to the civic agency. Earlier, ICWCS had planned to close down the shop on June 9 but due to the public outcry and intervention of chief minister Sheila Dikshit, it got a new lease of life. A final decision about it will be taken on Tuesday by the NDMC.