Lodhi Market gets a long overdue facelift

Staff Reporter

The market has been upgraded at a cost of Rs.1 crore

The market was constructed in 1945

NEW DELHI: After Janpath Mini Market, Yusuf Zai Market and Khan Market, the latest market to be given a facelift by the New Delhi Municipal Council ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games here in the Capital is the Lodhi Road Main Market.

According to the NDMC, the renovation has been carried out for the first time since the construction of the market way back in 1945. The renovation of the marketplace, famous for its garment shops, was long overdue because of its poor upkeep.

Comprising two blocks with a few flats on the first floor, the market with a total number of 32 shops has been upgraded at a cost of Rs.1 crore. An NDMC official said: “The redevelopment work of the market includes restoration of the outer facade of shops, putting up uniform shop signboards, improving flooring, revamping lighting and making other necessary changes to give an orderly look to the building's exterior instead of the haphazard arrangement.”

Lodhi Market Traders' Association president Jaswant Rai Grover said: “The market was in dire need of help. Earlier the height of the veranda was quite uneven. After the restoration work it is easier to walk on. Also there is uniformity in terms of material used for the veranda which gives it an aesthetic look.”

“The wooden windows have also been replaced by aluminium windows to give a better look. The civic agency has used granite for flooring of the verandas and sandstone has been used for the pavements,” he added.