November 19, 2022

Delhi: Scent of change at Ghazipur flower market as AAP government plans modern facilities, cold storage and permanent shops

Ghazipur’s flower market is to get a makeover as the Delhi government plans to revamp the traditional market into a ‘modern bazaar’ with state-of-the-art facilities including multi-storey buildings, shops, offices and warehouses refrigerators.

The market, where a 3kg IED was found earlier this year, is one of the largest and most popular in the country and offers a wide range of flowers, including flowers imported from Europe and South East Asia. These are then sold nationwide.

Officials said the Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB), which will implement the project, has issued tenders to redevelop the market to commission agents and wholesale shops.

As part of the overhaul plan, DAMB plans to bring infrastructure facilities including proper roads, underground wiring, fire safety system, security, sewer lines and cold storage for conservation flowers.

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Officials say the 10-acre market currently has stores that operate in a shed/porta cabin or open space. “The government plans to demolish all the sheds and construct a proposed Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) frame building with a huge four storey basement. The basement will be RCC raft foundations supported by RCC columns,” an official said.

The multi-storey main structure and parking areas will be provided for the loading and unloading of flowers. Internal roads will also be upgraded with proper alignment, drainage system and electrification. Installation and commissioning of generators, water supply and sanitation, sewage, fire-fighting devices and other safety measures are on the cards.

The market will also have a centralized reverse osmosis plant. It currently has around 400 agents and wholesalers. Officials said well-established stores will be built for about 222 wholesalers and offices for 192 agents.

LED street lights and decorative lights will be installed for beautification. An entrance with adequate security will also be built following the recent security crisis, an official said.

The estimated cost of this project is Rs 197 crore. The bidding process will take approximately one to two months, and once the contract is awarded and work begins on the ground, the market will be developed by 2024.