The historic Chowk Bazaar is all set to get a makeover, according to the state government which has already floated tender for the project. A team of Sanrakshan Heritage Consultants Pvt Ltd has prepared the project that would cost the government Rs 5 crore.
The proposal came up for discussion during a day-long seminar on 'revitalisation of urban heritage in Bhopal' organised by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation on Saturday.
According to the plan, parking place of traders would be relocated from Chowk Bazaar area; market pavement would be filled with corbel stone and drains would be re-made and covered with stone grating.
Besides, electrical wires, telephone wires and water supply would be made underground. Electric poles would be erected in traditional style and a uniform signage would be adopted for all shops in the area and a sitting area for visitors would be constructed.
"Chowk Bazaar is one of the oldest market places in Bhopal and has lot of heritage value. One of the main attractions of this market is The Jama Masjid which is located in the centre of main market area," said Munish Pandit, a conservation architect and director of Sanrakshan Heritage Consultants Pvt Ltd.
Additional commissioner Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) Chandramouli Shukla, who is in-charge of the civic body's heritage cell, said the ambitious Chowk Bazaar project would be completed in a year.
"The tendering process has already been started after the consultant firm submitted the project proposals," he said. Earlier, speaking at the seminar, chief secretary Anthony de Sa stressed that there was a need for adaptive reuse of heritage area of Bhopal.
He said every heritage building cannot be made a museum but the surroundings can be protected and developed. Additional chief secretary MM Upadhyay said the success of the heritage project in Bhopal depends on how people and stakeholders accept it. He emphasised on more local involvement in the project to make it a success.