The pillars and corridors of Connaught Place that have lost their sheen to visitors who treat the market as a giant spittoon will get a makeover for Diwali on Saturday.
Sanitation workers of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), private firm JCDecaux and the New Delhi Traders' Association (NDTA) are gearing up to whitewash the paan-stained pillars and wash the corridors. Bits of papers and polythene bags lying around will be collected and disposed of, and the market will be made presentable for Diwali when shop owners string up lights to deck it up.
The exercise will start around 9am and continue till afternoon to make sure the market is clean. "Several agencies are getting together for the drive and JCDecaux will send teams to help in the exercise. Such a drive is needed to clean up the market before the festivities," said Atul Bhargava, president of the NDTA.
An NDMC official said modern machines would be used to wash the market that has been collecting dirt and debris because of restoration work.
"JCDecaux has vans they use to wash bus shelters. The same vans will be used to wash the market as well," said the official.
The market was last cleaned thoroughly before the 2010 Commonwealth Games. A short cleaning drive was organised on October 20 when an NGO whitewashed some of the paan-stained pillars.