New Delhi: After five years of uncertainty
over their rehabilitation, shop owners displaced from near the
city`s Jama Masjid for a redevelopment plan have finally got
an alternative site to carry on their trade.
The Vijay Coat Market near Shashtri Park Metro station,
which will house more than 340 displaced shopkeepers, was
unveiled last week.
Traders from Coat Market and Indira Market near the
mosque were removed when the civic body planned an ambitious
re-development project for the area in 2005.
The new market has five blocks of 68 kiosks of 6X4 feet.
The displaced shop owners originally faced problems in
rehabilitation and formed the Jama Masjid Displaced Merchants
Welfare Association to push their case. Finally, their efforts
proved successful when the MCD designated the Shashtri Park
site for them last year.
"The site near Metro station was provided more than a
year ago by the MCD to rehabilitate the shopkeepers displaced
from Jama Masjid area," an MCD official said.
However, the redevelopment plan itself is yet to take off
despite getting a conditional clearance from the Delhi Urban
Art Commission (DUAC).