Delhi’s iconic Meharchand Market in Lodhi Colony — as soon as residence to designer boutiques, eating places and jewelry retailers, and infrequently touted as the following Khan Market — will get a brand new lease of life because the South Delhi Municipal Company (SDMC) on Tuesday cleared a proposal to redevelop the favored purchasing hub that has been practically mendacity shut for the reason that 2018 sealing drive.
The market — initially set as much as settle refugees from Pakistan after Partition and named after Mehr Chand Khanna, who was Union minister of rehabilitation within the 1950s — can be redeveloped in accordance with the Grasp Plan of Delhi 2021, with retailers getting a ground space ratio (FAR ) of 350 in comparison with the current FAR of 150.
Round 80% of retailers of the market have been shut through the 2018 sealing drive, one of many greatest in Delhi, for violation of constructing norms.
In response to SDMC officers, the prevailing retailers can be demolished and reconstructed by the merchants themselves in accordance with sanctioned customary constructing plans.
A senior official of SDMC’s city planning division mentioned the market may have a uniform look just like Connaught Place with components equivalent to a public hall, uniform billboards, and so on. The company can also be prone to make it a pedestrian-only market.
“Will probably be the merchants’ accountability to redevelop their retailers as per a ‘customary plan’ ready by the company’s structure division. The plan offers norms for building of the outer façade, show home windows, columns, promoting boards, billboard, and so on. It will present a uniform look to the market. The entrance façade of all retailers within the redeveloped market can be the identical. The retailers will observe a particular color code sample as recommended by the ‘customary plan’,” the official mentioned requesting anonymity.
Raj Dutt Gahlot, chairman standing committee, mentioned all the prevailing constructions can be demolished and newly constructed. No timeframe has been set for the work to start.
“Beneath the authorised scheme, 90% floor protection with 350 FAR has been accepted. The market could also be declared as a pedestrian purchasing road as a result of non-availability of parking services within the premises,” Gahlot mentioned.
The market noticed a serious transformation within the final decade, changing into a well-liked vacation spot for designer boutiques, eating places, jewelry retailers, salons and cafes.
However in January 2018, as many as 135 out of 152 retailers have been sealed by the Supreme Court docket-appointed monitoring committee for violating constructing norms and setting up past the permitted FAR of 150.
In response to merchants, in 1948, refugees from West Pakistan got momentary picket retailers out there. Later in 1963, they have been allotted everlasting concrete retailers.
Municipal officers mentioned these have been single-storeyed retailers with a verandah however over a time frame, many merchants added additional flooring.
Officers mentioned native purchasing complexes (LSCs) in Delhi equivalent to Defence Colony, Inexperienced Park and Hauz Khas received some aid on June 21, 2018, when the Central authorities notified adjustments in MPD-2021 however confusion remained over Meharchand Market.
In response to one other official of SDMC’s city planning division, in November 2019, the Delhi Growth Authority (DDA) clarified that the MPD-2021 amendments may be utilized to Meharchand Market, and so a FAR of 350 (versus 150) may be offered to the store homeowners.
“The choice to redevelop the market was taken after discussing the plan with merchants. Earlier than beginning redevelopment work, they should deposit a advantageous of as much as Rs 1 lakh with the monitoring committee for the unlawful constructions and raze them. We are going to begin passing constructing plans for the market and merchants should strategy the SDMC’s constructing division to approve their constructing maps. Other than gathering conversion fees, SDMC will get Rs 10 crore from the homeowners for approving the structure plan,” the official mentioned.
The official quoted above mentioned the event fees, augmentation charges and different fees can be recovered from plot homeowners by the engineering division.
Ashok Sakhuja, president of the Meharchand Market Merchants Affiliation, mentioned it was a “welcome transfer” and would profit merchants rather a lot.
“Our market is nearly lifeless since January 2018. We’re able to do something to revive our market. With such a transfer, our retailers can be de-sealed and we will reconstruct them as per the usual plan. The market can be pedestrian-friendly and put on a uniform look,” he mentioned.
Indrajeet Singh, who owns a tent home out there, mentioned merchants survived the sealing as some had different companies and others relied on financial savings. “At current our precedence to carry again the market to life once more in order that our enterprise can decide up. We are going to see if any downside arises out of the no-parking transfer,” Singh mentioned.