EDMC sets ball rolling for Karkardooma mkt revamp

Delhi: 22 Feb, 2022 (Times of India)


New Delhi: The East Delhi Municipal Corporatio (EDMC) will hire a private concessionaire to revamp the busy Karkardooma Market and upgrade its public plaza, parking area, toilets and footpaths.
The development work, which will cost about Rs 5 crore and is likely to be completed in 6-12 months, will be carried out on a build-operate-transfer basis, with the concessionaire taking care of upkeep for 15 years. The corporation has received anticipatory approval from the commissioner and will now seek permission from the mayor before initiating the tender process.

“The project to redevelop a market through a private concessionaire will be the first of its kind in east Delhi. It will aim to strengthen the existing infrastructure with better parking facilities, drainage and flooring, repair of benches, maintenance of toilets and gardening work. This will act as a model for development of other markets in east Delhi,” said EDMC commissioner Vikas Anand.

To recover the invested amount, the concessionaire will be allowed to collect the common area maintenance charges at Rs 3/sq ft per month from shop owners. These charges will remain unchanged for three years, after which they will increase at 10% annually during the concession period.

“We can also allow the contractor to operate the car parking space to recover the amount. Additionally, we will legalise some space for night markets where street vendors can operate, provided the vending zone rules are followed and registration and permit are obtained regularly,” an EDMC official said.

He added that the purpose of maintenance charges will be to ensure that common services, once developed, remain intact.

“The market is in a bad shape at present. The concessionaire will be given the responsibility for repair and maintenance as well as upkeep of green patches and planters. We held a meeting with the traders of the market where we proposed the plan. They agreed to pay the minimum fee for maintenance of the common area,” said the official.

The concessionaire will also need to pay a minimum fee of Rs 5 lakh per month to the civic body and the amount will increase annually at 10%.

As per the proposal, the scope of work will also include round-the-clock security of the area, availability of water, electricity, waste removal, mechanised cleaning and scrubbing of staircases and escalators.

“The concessionaire will operate and maintain all street furniture and undertake mopping, scrubbing of floors, vacuum sweeping and washing of drains after regular intervals,” said the official.