Delhi: NDMC proposes 3 sites to shift Gaffar traders | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: North Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed three alternative locations for shifting traders out of Gaffar Market till the old and dilapidated building is redeveloped.
The civic body’s standing committee chairman, Jogi Ram Jain, said the proposed locations were an old primary school in Karol Bagh, the old zonal headquarters in City-SP zone near Idgah and a building near Videocon Tower. “We are trying to assure traders that they will be brought back to the redeveloped market after work is completed just like they exist now. But the traders have decided to approach the court,” he added.
The structure of the market has become weak. Though the shopkeepers were allotted the space on a 99-year lease, the civic body issued eviction notices after carrying out a structural safety study with the help of IIT-Roorkee.
Harish Chitakara, the market association president, said it was unfair to give eviction notices to the traders. “The shops were allotted on a 99-year lease. How can the properties be vacated suddenly?” he asked.
A municipal official said the department of earthquake engineering of IIT-Roorkee visited the site on July 5 to assess the vulnerability of the market. Based upon the results of the rebound hammer test and ultrasonic pulse velocity it was found that surface compression strength was not satisfactory and the quality of tested columns was doubtful. The report also stated that active corrosion in the building, especially in the basement, meant that any maintenance without stopping the corrosion would be futile.
On July 23, the civic body issued notices to the shopkeepers at the complex on Saraswati Marg and asked them to vacate the premises as the building was in a dilapidated state. The civic body plans to redevelop the place on a public-private partnership. Shopkeepers claimed that north corporation’s project was only aimed at getting the shops vacated and similar attempts were made in 2011 and 2016.
The market was developed in 1975 and the shops were given on lease for 99 years in 1976. On the ground floor, there are 75 shops, a majority of them selling mobile phones and electronic items. Most of the shops on the upper four floors are empty.

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