March 25, 2011 1:34:16 am
The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has said that the only way Khan Market can undergo complete redevelopment would be if it takes a page out of the Panchkuian Road model,which involved the relocation of 220 furniture shops to the Delhi Metros Bhai Veer Singh Marg complex.
A senior NDMC official said regardless of the time it takes for the civic body to restructure the market,the traders could rest assured that the lease will continue to be with them. All property in Khan Market is freehold. It has not yet been decided if the government or property owners will get to decide on issues like verandah space and floor space index, the official said.
Another issue that calls for total redevelopment of the market are the new fire rules of 2010. Earlier,all establishments with a seating capacity of more than 50 needed to have a separate staircase as a fire safety measure. Taking this into account,property owners used to report a seating capacity of less than 50 to not build the staircase. However,the new rules require every establishment to have a separate staircase regardless of the seating capacity, the official said.
The present 24-square-metre parking area is a major issue faced by the municipality. The Justice Bhure Lal-led Environment and Pollution Control Committee has directed the NDMC to convert the existing parking space into a park,which is labelled green as per the 2021 Master Plan. The problem of parking has become worse now,with people parking their vehicles at Khan Market to board the Metro on Humayun Road, the official said.
To deal with parking issues,the NDMC is planning to construct a multi-level car parking facility on a 2,000-square-metre plot on Prithviraj Road,which belongs to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD). However,officials said the CPWDs reluctance to give land for the purpose is delaying the plan.
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