Photo Essay – Connaught Place in Mid-Life Makeover
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Capturing the re-rise of a Delhi landmark.
[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]
On October 15th, 1764, Edward Gibbon sat amidst the ruins in Rome, the sight evoked grandeur, he wrote a six-volume classic. In the light of such an historic incident, it is Delhi’s loss that Mr Gibbon did not live long to witness the ruins of the dilapidated inner circle of Connaught Place (CP). He could have written another masterpiece.
However, one rainy September morning in 2009, The Delhi Walla took a walk there. In the middle of a major renovation, undertaken by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), this British-built corridor is trying to revive itself into its former grandeur. The walk offered a rare sight. The famous white pillars had been stripped off their colour, the floor was dug, the roof was tainted red with exposed bricks, and the shoppers were replaced by construction labourers, their children, and their dogs. It was the closest you could have come to those scenes when New Delhi was being built in the 1930s.
Enjoy the pictures. Who knows you might be the next Gibbon.
Waiting for the new look
It’s getting a new skin
CP’s temporary residents (The children of construction labourers)
Ms Ram Pyari, a labourer from Mahoba, Central India
The white has gone, must return
The roof’s getting done
Someone must go up
Don’t look up for now
This portion done!
Man at work