If Gole Market falls on your way to work, brace yourself for serious jams in the area soon.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to revamp the complex — a process which is sure to lead to congestion on the surrounding roads.
The agency has asked shop owners to vacate the premises so that work can begin on restoring the structures to their British era-look, much on the lines of Connaught Place.
Under the project, which was first floated in 2006 to dress up the market for Commonwealth Games, the façade of the buildings will be given a fresh coat of lime plaster to restore its original Victorian look.
The main circular building may be converted into a museum, though the council has not taken a final decision.
The detailed plan for redevelopment puts special emphasis on strengthening the buildings by placing RCC columns at various locations.
In 2009, the work of renovation had stopped as the shopkeepers had gone to court against the decision.
The court had however, decided in favour of NDMC, which will now start work as soon as the shopkeepers start shifting to the nearby Furniture Market building on Bhai Veer Singh Marg near Panchkuian Road.
“The court has ordered the NDMC to be sympathetic towards the shopkeepers, so we are giving them ample time to
shift out. No deadline has therefore been fixed, but we aim to start construction by next month” said a senior official of NDMC.
After losing the legal battle, the shopkeepers are not in a mood to protest anymore.
They, however, are not happy with the shift to the Furniture Market.
“The rent at the market is very high. While we are paying about R1,000-R10,000 a month for the shops here, the rates there are about R50,000 a month. The size of shops at Palika Market is also smaller,” said Narayan Shamnani, president of Gole Market RWA.
NDMC officials say that once the location is handed over, they will also remove the illegal encroachments.