Delhi’s upscale Connaught Place business hub remained closed in the first half of Tuesday in protest against a new traffic and parking plan for the heritage marketplace. According to the New Delhi Traders Association, business owners and shopkeepers decided to shut their shops between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The protest comes in the wake of the central government’s January 5 decision of making inner and outer circles of the Connaught Place in central Delhi traffic free for three months from February 20.
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The decision to make Connaught Place traffic free was taken at a review meeting held by Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, where plans to turn New Delhi Development Council (NDMC) area into a smart city were discussed.