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Save Connaught Place: HT campaigns for Delhi’s heart

For the fourth year in a row, Connaught Place will miss the Diwali shopping blitz — thanks to haywire construction, dug-up roads, waterlogged corridors and nightmare parking. The project to take the British era market back to its glory days has missed every deadline. Hamari Jamatia & Neelam Pandey report.

Connaught Place: Delhi’s circle of mess

Enter Connaught Place and you feel as if the area has been bombed-- debris is scattered on pathways and heavy construction machinery is strewn everywhere. The restoration of Connaught Place is a story of missed deadlines and escalating costs, Neelam Pandey and Hamari Jamatia reports.

Apathy, shoddiness come full circle

Seventy years was what it took for the British-built Connaught Place to show signs of ageing. But the newly ‘refurbished’ Connaught Place seems to have grown old in merely two years. Despite all modern techniques and materials, the NDMC project has still failed to match the standard set by the British in 1932. Hamari Jamatia and Neelam Pandey report. The role model | Reader speak | Some facts about Connaught Place

Visitors too responsible for destroying CP

It is not just the civic authorities who should be blamed for the mess that Connaught Place is in, but shoppers and visitors too have done their bit to deface the premier business district of the Capital. HT reports.

Personally looking into mess: Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit

A day after HT launched its ‘Save Connaught Place’ campaign, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said she had called a meeting with stakeholders on Monday to put the restoration project on the fast track. Neelam Pandey and Hamari Jamatia report.

Deep pits of misery in Connaught Place

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) set out to make the life of pedestrians easy in Connaught Place but ended up in a deep mess of its own making, Hamari Jamatia and Neelam Pandey reports.

‘NDMC could have executed restoration project by itself’

The Central Bureau of Investigation probing alleged irregularities in the Connaught Place multi-crore restoration project, feels the New Delhi Municipal Council's decision to delegate its design, execution and monitoring to its engineering consultant was unwarranted, Abhishek Sharan reports.

Clean up or face protest, traders to tell contractors

Traders in the Connaught Place’s Middle Circle are on the warpath. With several deadlines missed, they insist that the restoration work be done in a phased manner, with results for all to see. They have threatened protest demonstrations.

Civic body to clean CP mess blockwise

Following a meeting with Connaught Place traders and restoration consultant Engineers India Limited (EIL) on Wednesday, officials of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) decided to continue blockwise the much-delayed restoration work. Neelam Pandey and Hamari Jamatia report.

In the middle of mess, CP traders long for shoppers

There was a time when Anil Book Store — located on the wall adjacent to PVR Plaza — saw a constant flow of book lovers. But today, hours go by without a single customer turning up at the shop.

Work gains speed, further shrinks space to walk

The work of redeveloping Connaught Place has picked up pace in the past few weeks. However, with an increased accumulation of debris, the little space to walk has shrunk even further.

Frantic rush to meet restoration deadline

hough work to restore Connaught Place goes on a war footing, site management still remains a major issue. Hamari Jamatia reports.

Underground work to continue for another six months

The contractor may be trying to wrap up the over-ground work in Connaught Place completely by December, but CP will not be construction-free at least till the dawn of 2013.
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