Even as the NDMC got the go ahead to restart restoration in Connaught Place on Tuesday, barricading work could not begin on Tuesday. According to the Delhi Traffic police, they have given their approval to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and will monitor the flow of traffic in the coming few days.
“We have given them the go ahead. The barricading was supposed to start from Tuesday but if it hasn’t started it must be due to some technical issues. We will monitor the flow of traffic in Connaught Place (CP) in the coming days before work starts in full swing,” said Satyendra Garg, joint CP (traffic).
Members of New Delhi Traders’ Association (NDTA) had also called a meeting to discuss the plan in detail.
“We have been told by the traffic police that they have only given them temporary approval. The work will not start in the coming few days. For the time being marking and barricading will be done,” said Atul Bhargava, president, NDTA.
“Subsequently, they will assess the traffic condition to ensure minimum inconvenience is caused to the public. We will object to the plan if business will suffer,” Bhargava added.
According to the civic body, the NDMC will restart renovation work at CP after checking if the traffic plan can be successfully implemented on the ground level. “Unlike last time, work will begin in a phased manner. Four out of eight subways and half of the radial roads will be taken up,” said Anand Tiwari, spokesperson, NDMC.
The traffic police will begin diversions from Wednesday. While police said no parking will be allowed in the middle circle, the NDTA says they will take up the issue with the police. The Delhi Traffic police have approved NDMC’s redevelopment of CP, including construction of two subways each at Panchkuian Road and Barakhamba Road.
To avoid frequent digging of roads for various underground projects, the Delhi Government has decided to lay ‘’utility service ducts’’ under the roads, where power, gas, telephone pipes and cables will be kept. Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said the project is being planned so that roads are not dug up frequently.