As part of the UT’s revival plan, the city’s downtown, Sector-17 Plaza, will see a series of new initiatives, including launching of several food kiosks, separate place exhibitions, play area, green belts, etc., being launched in the next two years to make the plaza lively again.
Several meetings were held between the UT and municipal corporation officials on Monday, who discussed in detail the plan to rejuvenate the plaza; presentations were given to different stakeholders, including traders.
Meanwhile, after several protests over closing of the two prime parking lots of Sector 17, the mayor on Monday opened them. However, home secretary Anurag Aggarwal said, “These two parking facilities will be eventually closed since we are planning to revive the plaza area and that space could be used for various activities.”
He added a consultant, Architectural Studio Delhi, was engaged about six months back to chalk out a detailed plan. He said, “Once we implement the planned changes, the plaza area will offer many more facilities than a mall.”
The consultant also gave a presentation to traders, media, administration and MC officials, following which the UT heritage and conservation committee also met various stakeholders to discuss the rejuvenation plans in the evening. The authorities plan to invest over `40 crore on the revival plan, tenders for which will be floated soon.
As per the plan, parking lots will be converted into green belts and play areas, while traffic circulation will also be re-worked. An underpass — to be used by e-rickshaws and cyclists — has also been proposed, which will link the plaza to the Rose Garden. Several food kiosks, which will offer cooked food, will be set up. A separate area will be provided to hold cultural activities.
The consultant agency, which has been hired for over `1.7 crore, suggested various ideas for the plaza area’s beautification, including landscaping, installation of ornamental benches, lighting and new signages. Modified footpaths and two fountains opposite the General Post Office are some other features to be included. Pertinent that the administration and the MC have been announcing several beautification plans for the plaza since 2006. A couple of years back, the entire flooring was changed, and the conventional lighting system was replaced with new poles having better illumination.