The changing face of Connaught Place

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People queue up to see Queen Elizabeth II’s cavalcade crossing Connaught Place on 17 November 1983 in New Delhi. A recent report has listed Connaught Place at 9th position in the list of most expensive prime office and commercial business districts in the world. A look back at the HT archives on how it has changed over the decades. (SN Sinha/HT Photo )

People queue up to see Queen Elizabeth II’s cavalcade crossing Connaught Place on 17 November 1983 in New Delhi. A recent report has listed Connaught Place at 9th position in the list of most expensive prime office and commercial business districts in the world. A look back at the HT archives on how it has changed over the decades. (SN Sinha/HT Photo )

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A view of the Plaza cinema near Middle Circle of Connaught Place from 1977. (kk chawla/Ht Photo)

A view of the Plaza cinema near Middle Circle of Connaught Place from 1977. (kk chawla/Ht Photo)

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The Plaza Cinema in Connaught Place was constructed in 1940,as one of the first cinema halls in Delhi. It gave way to PVR Plaza in May 2004 after 64 years of its existence. (anmol wahi/Ht Photo)

The Plaza Cinema in Connaught Place was constructed in 1940,as one of the first cinema halls in Delhi. It gave way to PVR Plaza in May 2004 after 64 years of its existence. (anmol wahi/Ht Photo)

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Traffic intersection at Outer Circle in Connaught Place 1994, near Gopaldas building on Barakhamba Road. (dinesh kumar/Ht Photo)

Traffic intersection at Outer Circle in Connaught Place 1994, near Gopaldas building on Barakhamba Road. (dinesh kumar/Ht Photo)

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The same traffic intersection outside Gopaldas building as seen from N block outer circle.The outer circle is also called the Connaught Circus or Indira Chowk. (anmol wahi/Ht Photo)

The same traffic intersection outside Gopaldas building as seen from N block outer circle.The outer circle is also called the Connaught Circus or Indira Chowk. (anmol wahi/Ht Photo)

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A view of the parking lot outside the Tribune newspaper office in Connaught Place as it looked in 1973. (Babu ram/Ht Photo)

A view of the parking lot outside the Tribune newspaper office in Connaught Place as it looked in 1973. (Babu ram/Ht Photo)

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The Tribune newspaper parking lot in N block Outer Circle has changed over the years with parking space increasing. (anmol wahi/Ht Photo)

The Tribune newspaper parking lot in N block Outer Circle has changed over the years with parking space increasing. (anmol wahi/Ht Photo)

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The D Block in Inner Circle, Connaught Place housed several retail clothing and footwear shops. (hc tiwari/HT Photo)

The D Block in Inner Circle, Connaught Place housed several retail clothing and footwear shops. (hc tiwari/HT Photo)

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Snowhite retail clothing shop has been in D block, Outer Circle for many years now even though the shops around it have changed. (anmol wahi/HT Photo)

Snowhite retail clothing shop has been in D block, Outer Circle for many years now even though the shops around it have changed. (anmol wahi/HT Photo)

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People line up to see the motorcade of Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to India at Connaught Place in 1983 outside the F Block. (sn sinha/HT Photo)

People line up to see the motorcade of Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to India at Connaught Place in 1983 outside the F Block. (sn sinha/HT Photo)

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F block Inner Circle now gets a thick cover of trees.The pavements have been shifted further outside with the Delhi Metro giving the location a new lease of life. (anmol wahi/HT Photo)

F block Inner Circle now gets a thick cover of trees.The pavements have been shifted further outside with the Delhi Metro giving the location a new lease of life. (anmol wahi/HT Photo)

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Construction on at the underground Palika Bazaar in 1970 with an unrecognizable skyline. (Ajit Kumar/Ht Photo)

Construction on at the underground Palika Bazaar in 1970 with an unrecognizable skyline. (Ajit Kumar/Ht Photo)

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The facade around Palika Bazaar has changed with many skyscrapers, high rise buildings and landscaping of greens over it.

The facade around Palika Bazaar has changed with many skyscrapers, high rise buildings and landscaping of greens over it.

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A view of the post office in Connaught Place in 1973 before it was incorporated in one of the blocks. (KK Chawla/HT Photo)

A view of the post office in Connaught Place in 1973 before it was incorporated in one of the blocks. (KK Chawla/HT Photo)

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Before the construction of Connaught Place, the post office was only a single story building. It found a place in the A block, Inner Circle from 1933. (Anmol Wahi/Ht Photo)

Before the construction of Connaught Place, the post office was only a single story building. It found a place in the A block, Inner Circle from 1933. (Anmol Wahi/Ht Photo)

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C Block Inner Circle of Connaught Place as it looked in 1969. (N Thyagarajan/Ht Photo)

C Block Inner Circle of Connaught Place as it looked in 1969. (N Thyagarajan/Ht Photo)

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A view of Inner Circle C Block. The chief architect, W.H.Nicholas had a plan of joining all the blocks from above with the help of archs and bridges. He later shelved that plan and the blocks were left as it is. (Anmol Wahi/Ht photo)

A view of Inner Circle C Block. The chief architect, W.H.Nicholas had a plan of joining all the blocks from above with the help of archs and bridges. He later shelved that plan and the blocks were left as it is. (Anmol Wahi/Ht photo)

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Policemen cordoned off Odeon cinema hall in the aftermath of a bomb blast in 1994. (rajiv gupta/Ht Photo)

Policemen cordoned off Odeon cinema hall in the aftermath of a bomb blast in 1994. (rajiv gupta/Ht Photo)

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Odeon cinema hall in D Block was constructed in 1938. It was the most popular amongst the 3 cimema halls besides Regal and Plaza.It has now been renovated and has many restaraunts too. (anmol wahi/HT Photo)

Odeon cinema hall in D Block was constructed in 1938. It was the most popular amongst the 3 cimema halls besides Regal and Plaza.It has now been renovated and has many restaraunts too. (anmol wahi/HT Photo)

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Corner of D Block with a board of the Embassy restaurant before the turn of the century in 1999. Connaught Place underwent extensive renovation in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2010. (GIrish Srivastava/ht photo)

Corner of D Block with a board of the Embassy restaurant before the turn of the century in 1999. Connaught Place underwent extensive renovation in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2010. (GIrish Srivastava/ht photo)

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The Embassy Restaurant at the corner of D Block in Inner Circle.Constructed in 1948, It has retained its spot for the past 69 years.The restaurant has the same menu for all these years and some of the recipes are even 50 years old. (Anmol wahi/ht photo)

The Embassy Restaurant at the corner of D Block in Inner Circle.Constructed in 1948, It has retained its spot for the past 69 years.The restaurant has the same menu for all these years and some of the recipes are even 50 years old. (Anmol wahi/ht photo)

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Connaught Place viewed from one of the arterial roads leading into the Inner Circle. (HT Photo)

Connaught Place viewed from one of the arterial roads leading into the Inner Circle. (HT Photo)

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A view of Connaught Place with the national flag of India flying high on a mast in Central Park visible from a distance.

A view of Connaught Place with the national flag of India flying high on a mast in Central Park visible from a distance.

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