Wi-Fi, green lawns, accessible ramps: East Delhi to spruce up prominent markets
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has selected four markets — Shrestha Vihar, Pushpanjali Enclave, F Block GTB Enclave and A2 block Nand Nagri — where it will carry out various improvement works.delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2017 23:49 IST
Prominent markets in east Delhi will be sporting a new look soon, with uniform signages for shops, Wi-Fi facilities, designer lamp posts, green lawns, accessible ramps, organised parking areas, encroachment-free footpaths, pothole-free services lanes and depending on the availability of space, benches for visitors too.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has selected four markets — Shrestha Vihar, Pushpanjali Enclave, F Block GTB Enclave and A2 block Nand Nagri — where it will carry out various improvement works.
At a review meeting on Tuesday, EDMC commissioner Mohanjeet Singh directed the senior officials of both Shahdara south and north zones to initiate work on this project with immediate effect.
“Though we have limited funds, an attempt has been made to give an aesthetic look to certain markets in east Delhi, so that people from the rest of the city would enjoy visiting these places. While the estimates for the project has been prepared, we are trying to garner support from the shopkeepers in implementation of the project,” said EDMC commissioner Mohanjeet Singh. The civic agency is expecting to complete the work in next five months.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioners of both the zones have been asked to issue advisories to the shopkeepers for installing hoardings of uniform sizes. “The idea is to give a symmetrical look to the markets. Those who fail to adhere to the norms will be penalised as per the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act,” Singh said.
The commissioner will take the report of steps taken by deputy commissioners during the weekly meeting to be held on Tuesday.
According to the official, shopkeepers can install hoardings to a maximum size of 8x3 feet. They need to take the approval from advertising department and submit a fee to install hoardings beyond this size.
“Teams will be deputed for removal of encroachment, lifting of illegally parked vehicles from service lanes and roadsides, in addition to planting of trees at central verge and roadsides,” said a senior EDMC official. Street furniture such as dustbins, signages and benches would be installed for the convenience of visitors.
“A majority of people avoid visiting markets on weekends due to heavy traffic jam, haphazard vehicle parking on footpaths and service lanes. This leaves no space for pedestrians. We wanted the shopkeepers to cooperate with us in bringing more crowd to the place,” said the official.