The much-awaited Palika Bazaar makeover will finally see the light of day.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has awarded the tenders for the ambitious project. The decision was taken at the civic agency’s council meeting on Thursday.
The market, which was set up in 1978, will be converted into a glitzy mall ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“We have got approval for the project and work should start in another 20 days,” said a senior NDMC official. “There will be a new air-conditioning system installed at the market along with escalators, lifts and ramps for physically handicap people.”
According to the civic agency, the work will be completed before the Games.
“This is the first development plan ever undertaken for the market which will be ready before the games. This will surely increase the footfalls in the market,” said a senior NDMC official. The total cost of the project has been estimated at Rs. 22 crore.
Under the upgradation plan finalised by the NDMC, the existing air conditioning system will be refurbished and fancy lighting system and granite flooring will be done to give it an international look resembling a modern mall.
In addition to this, the market will have two ramps to make it disabled-friendly.
“We will be replacing the kota stone flooring with granite. It will not only give it a modern look but will be easier for maintenance too. We will also install modern day street furniture for the shoppers,” added the official.
Improved signages will also be installed in the market apart from a false ceiling. “Toilets will also be upgraded. There will be special toilets for the handicapped,” said the official.