The Defence Colony market in south Delhi is all set to don a new improved look. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has chalked out an ambitious plan to give a makeover to the existing market, which has been neglected for the past many years.
As per the plan, the broken pavements will give way to new footpaths, levelling of the existing footpath will be done and construction of roads will also be carried out.For better illumination in and around the market, new streetlights will also be installed. And for the shoppers, new benches will be installed in the market. "To create seating arrangement, we will be putting up benches inside the park too.
Earlier, we had decided to concretise the park, but now, we want to retain it since it adds to the greenery,” said a senior MCD official.
The civic agency is also planning to make the entire market a vehicle-free zone to create more space for shoppers.
Currently, vehicles are parked inside the market. For this purpose, an alternative parking site is being identified by the central zone of the MCD. “Once we identify the parking lot, we will ensure that vehicles don’t enter the market,” added the official.
The civic agency has finalised the plan and has sent it to the municipal commissioner for a final approval. The cost of the project is Rs 60 lakh.
“We will improve the footpath by installing new tiles that would be more durable. We will also go for colourful tiles to make the market look more aesthetically appealing,” said the official.
The stakeholders, such as the market association, have already given a green signal to the project.
“To create more walking space inside the market, we will do away with the taxi stand. Also, all sort of encroachment will be removed. We will start work on it soon,” said a senior MCD official. Officials further added that bollards will also be placed on all the entry points of the market.
The civic agency has been trying to spruce up the market for quite some time but the project will finally take off now.