New Delhi Municipal Council has initiated a project to make subways safer. The Council has offered spaces in two of its subways to Tihar jail and Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) Ltd.
The objective is to help Tihar to sell its products in centre of Delhi. According to NDMC Secretary Vikas Anand,the offer to occupy Janpath subway has been sent to Tihar. One of the wider subways in front of Hanuman Mandir on Baba Kharak Singh Marg will handed over to the Commissioner of Industries for setting up counters to sell handlooms and other products.
We will not invite bids for Janpath subway. We will rent it out to Tihar jail for Re 1. It will be a great opportunity for Tihar prisoners to sell their products in the heart of Delhi,where the footfall is very high. They may find their products selling in higher volumes soon, Anand said.
The decision on the subway in front of Hanuman Mandir took a long time since it was renovated. Many officials at various points came with their ideas to clean up the subway,which has many drug addicts loitering about. Many sit and sleep outside the temple. It has become impossible to remove them from the area. To solve this problem,we have given the subway to DSIIDC and they will give us 50 per cent of the proceeds as rent, Anand said.
Steps have been taken to make the subways safe at night. The Council has decided to keep the subways open till 11 pm or more if the shops want it,the official said.
We have witnessed that even putting security guards at subways has not solved the problem. With more people using it and increase in the number of shops,we expect subways to become more popular, Anand said.
The New Delhi Municipal Council has decided to outsource other subways to coffee shops and bakeries. The decision came after Council officials expressed their inability to remove beggars and drug addicts from Outer Circle,especially on Baba Kharak Singh Marg.