Some years down the line, you will be able to take a Metro directly to Janpath whenever you are in a mood to shop.
But that is the only silver lining to the construction, which is set to cause major inconvenience to shoppers and tourists for the next one year.
The shoppers’ hub of the Capital will remain inaccessible to the general traffic from Saturday for at least a year, thanks to the proposed Metro construction that is scheduled to start soon.The closing of the less than half a kilometre stretch between Windsor Place and Janpath-Tolstoy Marg crossing is going to leave thousands of shoppers and tourists disappointed. Delhi Metro will dig up the road along the Tibetan Market and Janpath Mini Market.
The access to hotels, food joints and offices on the stretch will also be restricted from Saturday. Some of the major buildings to be affected are Janpath Hotel, Western Court, Eastern Court, Imperial Hotel, Kidwai Bhawan and STC.
“We will deploy marshals at Windsor Place to guide traffic as well as check and allow those heading for these offices and hotels,”said spokesperson, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Janpath station will be part of the proposed Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate underground corridor (9.3 km).
“Construction work will start immediately after we receive a formal go ahead from the New Delhi Municipal Corporation. We expect to receive this within a few days,” said the DMRC spokesperson.
Delhi Police have chalked out a detailed diversion plan to minimise inconvenience to commuters but they fear that protest rallies between Ramlila Maidan and Jantar Mantar and demonstrations at Jantar Mantar may cause massive traffic snarls. They also anticipate a fall in business of the market.
“We will divert Connaught Place and New Delhi Railway Station bound traffic, coming from south, southeast or southwest Delhi either through Rafi Marg or India Gate,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Officials of the Imperial Hotel said arrangements for exit of guests would be made through the back gate.