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New look to old Janpath

The blue-bronze design has been approved and it would be replicated for the shops on the road, reports Vibha Sharma.

india Updated: Oct 20, 2006 15:40 IST

The makeover of shop number 84, Janpath, located on the stretch between Tolstoy Marg and Connaught Place Outer Circle, is complete. It now remains for the New Delhi Municipal Council to replicate the blue-bronze look of the shop —the prototype for the entire stretch — in 74 shops. NDMC chairperson Sindhushree Khullar inspected the shop on Wednesday morning. The revamp cost the council around Rs 1.5 lakh.

“The blue-bronze design has been approved and it would be replicated for the remaining 74 shops on the road. However, we are also looking at two other colour schemes suggested by the consultant," said Khullar.

The Janpath Redevelopment Plan is to be executed in three phases. The first phase deals with improving the façade of Janpath Road Berm Market for which the council has set aside a budget of Rs 87.7 lakh.

"Redoing the model shop cost us more as it was a corner shop and is bigger in size (10.5 feet) than most of the shops in the same row that have an average size of 8 feet. Work on the remaining shops is expected to be complete by March 2007," an NDMC officer said.

Work on the remaining two phases  — redevelopment of Janpath mini market opposite Indian Oil building (Rs 58 lakh) and improvement of Tibetan market between Tolstoy Marg and Imperial Hotel (Rs 10 lakh) —is also in progress, the officer said.

The project also involves creating a duct for all service cables catering to the shops in the area. "Once the plan is complete, we will not allow roads  to be dug up for  laying or repairing service cables. A dedicated cable duct is being created that would carry all telephone and electricity wires. Special chambers would be created outside each shop to enable repairs in case of cable fault in an individual shop," the officer said.

All shops will have uniform signboards. "Shops at Janpath till now don't have proper display windows. Identical show windows would be provided on the first floor with 6 mm glass coverings. Shops will have identical false ceilings, granite wall cladding on partition walls," the officer said.

The plan was conceived in October 2005. The NDMC had hired HUDCO to prepare the original conceptual plan. However, the project is being executed by the council's architecture and engineering department.

vibha@hindustantimes.com