Jhandewalan Mandir, thronged by devotees visiting Delhi, will soon have more to offer than a place of worship.
The North Delhi Corporation has decided to build three commercial complexes near the site that will house shops and offices where the visitors can go and relax after offering prayers.
The area behind the factory association compound will also have a multi-level parking, which will house more than 750 cars at the same time.
The three complexes together will occupy an area of about 6000 square feet.
Announcing the R159-crore project, Ravinder Gupta, chairman of the corporation's works committee said that a team of officials had already visited the site, which belongs to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
"In 2010, the then unified MCD and DDA had jointly visited the area and decided to develop it. Now we have finalised the plan to set up commercial complexes and multi-level parking there," Gupta said.
He added that the money spend on building the structures will be recovered by giving out the shops on rent.
There will also be an open market which will sell necessary items for puja offerings. The roads that are in a bad shape will also get a makeover as new street furniture and streetlights will be placed in the area.
The Jhandewalan Mandir commercial complex project will be one of the several such projects planned by the corporation to augment its coffers. The North Corporation along with the East Corporation which is also cash strapped, have ordered two separate surveys to identify such plots where complexes can be built.
Once the survey is completed, office-cum-commercial complexes will be built and given out on rent.