NDMC pipes new tune with special tunnel in CP


Come October and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will not be the only organisation digging up 20-feet holes in Delhi. At the middle circle of Connaught Place, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) proposes an Underground Corridor Service.

The purpose is to dig a corridor big enough to lay all cables — electricity to water pipes — so the road is not dug up every time they have to repair a cable. Which also means no traffic diversions and pedestrian nightmare, once the construction is done.

The work on the 1.1-km tunnel is stated to start in October.

Apart from electricity and telephone lines, the tunnel will also carry cables that will air-condition the entire shopping complex and provide hot and cold water to shops. There will be separate spaces for various sets of pipes.

"We want to provide world class service through these measures," said a senior NDMC official.

The NDMC, he said, will probably set up a district cooling system on Minto Road, which will provide hot and cold water to the prime shopping location.

"It will be metred and there will be two taps inside each shop, one for hot water and one for cold water," he added.

As for the underground corridor, it will be big enough to accommodate many people at the same time. There will be entrances into the corridor at several points through which technicians will be able to come and do the repair works.

Asked if the NDMC is planning to have Underground Corridor Systems elsewhere in the city, the official said it will depend on the kind of space available.

"We are starting with the middle circle of Connaught Place as it provides the kind of space required to carry out the proposal," he said. "If we find similar space in other areas, we will think about it."

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