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Updated: July 5, 2013 15:10 IST

Sheila inspects CP facelift

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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
The Hindu Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday inspected the ongoing redevelopment work in Connaught Place to personally take stock of the situation and impress upon the need for early completion of the project.

Ms. Dikshit, who was accompanied among others by Chief Secretary D.M. Spolia, New Delhi Municipal Council Chairperson Archana Arora and Engineers India Limited CMD, took a round of almost all the blocks and pointed out the areas needing improvement. Stating that her Government was keen on restoring CP’s past glory, she said only after the works are completed, will her government inaugurate the fully refurbished and meticulously-revived Connaught Place.

Ms. Dikshit also inspected the utility tunnel, which has been laid in the middle circle of Delhi’s most famous commercial hub, and directed that service cables and utilities be shifted into the tunnel immediately. Taking note of the many hanging electrical wires, she said they should not be visible in Connaught Place. Since NDMC is getting the work done through Engineers India Limited, she instructed the civic agency to appropriately design the roadside kiosks and launch a special campaign to remove posters. Referring to the need for cleanliness and sanitation, the Chief Minister also directed the NDMC to properly maintain the public toilets.

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I have visited the Connought Place many a times during my visits to
Delhi. While the idea behind in "restoring the past glory" of the CP
is laudable, the efforts and the money spent have been a colossal
waste. First of all the deadline of finishing the job before the CWG
2010 was never met. it's not 3 years too late. Secondly, the major
problem in giving the place it's pristine image back is very
important to clean the verandas from the vendors, who have usurped
the space and make it almost impossible to let the shoppers/ visitors
to walk without getting in to each other's way. These vendors, who
have multiplied over the years, thanks to the connivance of the
police and the NDMC staff, should be given alternate place like it
was done for other vendors, who were given space in the Janpath lane.
Besides, making the walking space narrow, these people are
responsible for the dirt and the filth there.

from:  vicki
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 06:16 IST
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