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Noida sector 18 to be developed on lines of Sweden markets

The Noida authority will develop Sector 18 market, the city’s commercial hub, on the lines of European shopping centres.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2012 22:56 IST
Vinod Rajput

The Noida authority will develop Sector 18 market, the city’s commercial hub, on the lines of European shopping centres.

With designer lampposts, street furniture, uniform signages and façade, the authority has planned to transform the ever-buzzing marketplace into a high-tech and convenient shopping paradise that would cater to about two lakh shoppers daily. The tentative budget for the project is Rs 150 crore.

“We will replicate the European market model. The facilities will be similar to markets in Sweden. As Noida is a modern and high-tech city, we will ensure that the Sector 18 shopping hub wears an ultra-modern look,” said Sanjeev Saran, chief executive officer (CEO), Noida authority.

The authority has roped in the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture as its consultant. The authority will carry out the redevelopment work itself, instead of hiring a private contractor.

Last week, the authority officials had discussed the market’s re-development plan. “We have prepared the redevelopment plan. It will be discussed with traders of Sector 18 market next week. Their suggestions will be taken into consideration and work on the project will start the following week,” said the CEO.

All the overhead electric wires, an eyesore for visitors, will be installed underground. Moreover, designer benches, walkways for pedestrians as in Sweden and Denmark, and regulated vehicle entry to the market will ensure convenience to shoppers, who face problems because of traffic congestion.

“We have asked RITES, a central infrastructure consultant, to carry out traffic study in and around the market. We are considering developing parking lots on one side of the roads. We plan to construct a parking lot in the centre of 18 and 30 meter wide inner roads. Due to haphazard parking on both sides of the roads, there is hardly any space left for pedestrians and there is chaos,” said the official.

The lack of parking space is a major problem. The authority will start the construction of a multi-level four-storey parking lot opposite to the Radisson Hotel in Sector 18 in July.

“Work on a multi-level parking lot, which can accommodate 4,000 vehicles, will not be delayed anymore. We will start the work next month,” he said.

To complete the multi-level parking lot, the authority will carry out the construction on its own, instead of handing it over to a contractor. “We aim to complete the work in a year after it begins. To complete it on time, the authority will construct it itself,” said the official.

Besides, more greenery will be created in the area. New garbage bins will also be put in place and transformers will be relocated. All unauthorised hoardings will be removed.

“We will regulate the entry of vehicles to the market. The redevelopment budget is yet to be finalised, but work on the project will start after a week,” he said.

Air-conditions outside shops will be installed in an artistic way.