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MALL for ALL


GONE ARE the days of corner stores and so, corner shopping in Delhi and Noida. It's time for some standard shopping and entertainment - that too in an ambience protected from the vagaries of the weather. Shipra Estate Limited and Chadha Group in a joint venture promise the residents of South Delhi and Noida "complete family entertainment" as they announce the commencement of Centrestage Mall in sector 18 of Noida that opens to the public on September 28. Claimed to be the biggest mall in India and one of the biggest in South-East Asia, it is built on seven acres of land providing 11 floors for entertainment, shopping and eateries of all major brands. There are 14 escalators and two capsule elevators too. Interestingly, the mall, they say, is also eco-friendly with sustainable designs that they have been "imported mostly from Europe," says Mohit Singh, Managing Director, Shipra Estate.

"We in India lack the technology that we required for this venture. Hence, we imported double-layered glass from the Guardian, U.S., which cuts 83 per cent heat radiation. Similarly translucent atrium panel ceilings are imported from Israel with five walled, multi-celled, translucent, polycarbonate allowing natural light to filter through but restricting ultraviolet radiation."

There will be a five-screen cineplex with a capacity to seat 1809. Manpreet Chada, Director, Chadha Group assures that complete fire safety measures have been installed at a cost of Rs.1.7 crores.

Well, more than these details, ordinary visitors to the mall might be interested in knowing if the mall inspires awe and restricts the shopping instincts of an average earner. "No, it is a mixed product shopping that allows them to shop according to their pocket. A mall being the hub of a variety of products, prices will be very competitive. In fact at any such place, prices are always lower than a single big store in any market," assures Chadha.

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