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Kirti Azad for revival of Bihar's 'Connaught Place'

Last Updated : 29 January 2012, 21:14 IST
Last Updated : 29 January 2012, 21:14 IST

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Seeking to revive the architectural wealth of the colonial era, MP Kirti Azad said he would explore with the Bihar government the possibility of restoring the oval market area here built on the lines of Delhi’s Connaught Place.

“I have been informed that the British had drawn the architecture of the oval market area in Darbhanga in 1934 on the pattern of Connaught Place in Delhi, a year after it was built,” Azad said.
But the original architecture of the market area was distorted due to unplanned construction, he claimed.

“I will explore with the state government the possibility of reviving the original architectural shape of the market, which could become a major tourist attraction,” the cricketer-turned BJP MP said.
The area is now choked by the CM Science College, on the one side , and markets and residential buildings, on the other side.

Data provided by Delhi-based Bihar Information Centre says that the college had taken the land on lease from Darbhanga Municipal Corporation.

Azad said he had also taken up with the government the issue of developing three tanks in Darbhanga into a tourist spot by beautifying the shores.

“If the three tanks, which are located in a row, are joined and infrastructure is added, they have the potential to develop like the famous Dal Lake of Srinagar,” he said.

“If needed, I will take up the matter with the Centre,” he added.

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Published 29 January 2012, 21:13 IST

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