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Street vendors to get plush kiosks

How about shopping for daily needs from neat and clean well-designed kiosks at a market near you? The civic body has come up with plans for a model project for street vendors near INA market. Nivedita Khandekar reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 24, 2011 22:36 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

How about shopping for daily needs from neat and clean well-designed kiosks at a market near you? The civic body has come up with plans for a model project for street vendors near INA market.

Initially, the plan was to complete the project before the Commonwealth Games, but several issues marred it. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has now come up with a bright idea of creating an aesthetically designed vibrant street-vending zone under the 'model street vending project' for teh bazari holders near INA market.

For a first in case of teh bazari holders, the civic body has planned covered kiosks along with public amenities at an earmarked space. The enclosed area will have paver blocks, a proper footpath, public toilets and drinking water too. The kiosks would be pre-fabricated and of similar design. The MCD has also identified and earmarked an area along the Kushak Nullah at the INA market and built the enclosure wall.

Said Deep Mathur, MCD's director (press and information), "There are going to be 173 pre-fabricated model kiosks. It is in a way, rehabilitation of teh bazari holders."

Of the 173 kiosks, 116 would be of 6 feet X 4 feet size and 36 of 7 feet X 8 feet size. More than 22 are still under litigation.

If the plan is successful, it would be replicated in more areas. At present, Delhi has approximately two lakh street vendors.

The vendors at the INA market are happy about the development.

However, they are apprehensive about the speed of the work.

Originally, the plan was to go for outsourcing, but it never materialised and work has been delayed since then.

"There are a lot of things planned. The MCD has also kept a 'model' here but we are hoping that the project is completed … that too on time," said a vendor on conditions of anonymity.