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Palika Bazaar renovation to finish in 2 weeks,with 2 escalators

The Palika Bazaar at Connaught Place will finally complete its makeover in a few weeks’ time. For months now,the market was waiting for escalators,the last step towards completion of the project.

The Palika Bazaar at Connaught Place will finally complete its makeover in a few weeks’ time. For months now,the market was waiting for escalators,the last step towards completion of the project.

While the escalators have arrived,the initial plan of installing four escalators in the market have been downsized to only two.

According to sources,the escalators will take about 15 days to be installed. “They will be placed at Gate number 1 for the benefit of pedestrians,” said an official of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). Earlier,the other two escalators were supposed to be placed at the Central Hall to replace the spiral staircase there. But the NDMC has revamped the staircase and has decided not to replace them.

The Palika Bazaar,which consists of 400 shops,was inaugurated in 1979. Of the 400 shops,75 were allotted to shopkeepers from Panchkuian Road,whose shops were demolished by the government to widen the road for the 1982 Asian Games.

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The NDMC decided to renovate the market place for the Commonwealth Games and Five-M Energy was given charge of the mechanical,electrical,plumbing,air-conditioning and fire safety work in January 2009. The complex was to be completed before the CWG,but the NDMC — currently facing charges of financial bungling — could not get the project completed on time.

After the Games,the pace of work hastened and repair work was undertaken. For now,the walls of the shopping complex have been repaired and new tiles installed. The entry/exit points have been repainted. Signages have been put up and the toilets have been renovated.

First published on: 05-04-2011 at 12:34:55 am
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