Shoppers will soon have more parking space in the outer circle of Connaught Place.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has agreed to reduce the width of the proposed pavements on both sides of the road in the outer circle so that more parking space could be left for vehicles.
The decision was taken at a meeting between the Connaught Place traders, restoration consultant Engineers India Limited (EIL) and officials of NDMC on Monday.
From the proposed four metres wide pavements, the officials have now agreed to reduce the width to two metres. This will allow about 2,000 cars to be parked in the outer circle that would otherwise have been reduced by a few hundreds.
A similar agreement was earlier reached at for the pavements of inner circle as well. The contractor had built pavements of non-uniform width, which was staunchly opposed by the traders.
In Monday's meeting, the traders also requested the NDMC officials to cancel the plan to build seating plazas in the outer circle similar to the ones in the inner circle.
These plazas consisting of sets of granite blocks placed in a seating arrangement are located at the entrance of each block. The traders claimed it will not be safe for the shoppers, as the outer circle is situated around the main CP circle road.
"Once the traffic dies down at night, the seating arrangements can be misused by anti-social elements. Having such blocks in inner circle is still acceptable because they are safer," said Atul Bhargava, president of New Delhi Traders Association.