Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ahead of Games, INA to get 200 new kiosks

To give a fillip to the handicraft industry, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is planning to set up kiosks at INA Market which will sell handicraft products and food items.

“A total of 200 modern kiosks will be set up in INA and many of them will deal with handicraft products. Since Dilli Haat is right opposite INA, these kiosks will cater to tourists visiting the area during Commonwealth Games 2010. Some of the kiosks will also be allocated to fruit and vegetable sellers,” said a senior MCD official.

The kiosks, which will be set up at INA, will serve as a model market and such tehbazaris will be set up all across the city, one in each municipal ward.

Approval for installing these model kiosks is yet to be taken from MCD’s high-powered standing committee.

These kiosks will have solar panels to save electricity and a waterless toilet will also be installed next to them. The civic agency has to set up a total of 2 lakh tehbazari kiosks in the city.

The civic agency had recently decided to issue licenses to 14,000 street vendors in the city ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

A decision in this regard was taken in the licensing committee meeting of the civic agency held last week. The civic body had received 1,31,000 applications for issuance of the licenses.

“We will be giving out identification cards to all these vendors under phase-I,” added the official.

The civic agency said that it has completed the process of surveying all street vendors and registering them. MCD will also be earmarking non-hawking and hawking zones in the city.

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