Dateline Connaught Place – CP Goes Grassy
The greenification of the British-era district.
[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Is this the new look Connaught Place (CP)? The other day The Delhi Walla was walking in A Block, Inner Circle, expecting to see the usual sights – dug up earth, scaffoldings, barricades and construction labourers. There was all that but there was also saw this green patch of land. A labourer said that the grass was planted in mid-June.
Since 2009, Connaught Place is in the middle of a major renovation, which is being undertaken by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). To impress the visitors of 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, this British-built commercial district is being made to recapture its earlier grandeur. The old photographs of CP, however, do not show this rim of grass but that is fine. If the entire Inner Circle is ringed green, the Central Park will lose its exclusivity and yet the CP experience will be richer. Imagine: shopping, eating, drinking, walking and then lying down on the grass. Perfect.
Work in progress
These guys are doing it
What’s your take?
Are they noticing it?
Green green grass of CP