Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia held a stakeholder meeting with the representatives of various market associations on Sunday. The main aim of the meeting was to include the suggestions of the stakeholders in the budget-making process so that it can be shaped as per their requirements. In the meeting, representatives of market associations demanded special packages from the government for their markets and sectors in the budget. Parkings, pink toilets, and cleanliness of markets and roads were the main demands of traders. Representatives of more than 15 market associations related to textile, paper, automobile, furniture, timber, food grains, medicines, bakery, dry fruits, etc. sectors participated in the meeting. Delhi Transport and Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot and Chamber of Trade and Industries Chairman Shri Brijesh Goyal were also present during the meeting.
While interacting with the representatives, Shri Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance office said that it is his priority to make the budget along with the stakeholders. “To ensure the same, various stakeholder meetings are organised ahead of the Budget session. During the preparation of the budget, the government tries to understand the expectations of the stakeholders every year by conducting meetings with the representatives of different markets of Delhi and then tries to include them in the budget. This is done so that markets can flourish and create more avenues of business for them. This year too the Delhi government is conducting various meetings with the market associations and understanding their expectations so that provisions can be made in the budget regarding the same,” he said.
Shri Manish Sisodia added that markets of Delhi are the backbone of the capital’s economy, and working to increase opportunities for them is our priority. “Our markets generate various job opportunities and revenue in huge numbers. In such a situation it is the responsibility of the government to understand their requirements and develop better facilities for them. This will help the markets attract more customers and business opportunities,” he said.
During the meeting, CTI Chairman Shri Brijesh Goyal and President Shri Subhash Khandelwal stated, “Following a unique tradition in Delhi, the Delhi government always prepares the budget only after consulting the businessmen of Delhi so that the ground problems of the markets can be addressed in the budget. Following the same, the meeting held today has also been very positive and Finance Minister Shri Manish Sisodia listened carefully to the demands of traders of all sectors and has assured to provide for them in the budget. We hope that like every year, this year too, for the betterment of traders, their suggestions will be included in the budget.”
One of the major demands of the market association representatives in the meeting was to establish a better road network around various godowns located in outer Delhi. Taking quick cognisance of this, Shri Manish Sisodia instructed the officials to conduct a survey and prepare a blueprint to establish a better road network around the godowns built in the areas around GT Karnal Road. After the completion of this survey, the work of road construction will start there soon, and lakhs of traders will be benefited from this.
The representatives of Naya Bazar, Rohini and Model Town Market Association raised a demand to solve the problem of cleanliness and parking in the market. The Deputy Chief Minister directed the officers to identify sites for parking in these markets. Shri Sisodia also instructed the MCD officials to identify the reasons behind the non-commissioning of 4-storey multilevel parking in Model Town and start the work immediately.
During the meeting, the President of the Kashmiri Gate Market Association apprised the minister about problems related to public toilets, ladies’ toilets, parking and sewer in the Kashmiri Gate auto-spare parts market. In this regard, Shri Manish Sisodia said that the government would include a plan to develop basic facilities in the market in the upcoming budget.
The Delhi government’s vision is to develop Kirti Nagar as a grand furniture hub. Kirti Nagar market is also included in the Delhi government’s project of redevelopment of 5 markets of Delhi. In today’s meeting, Shri Manish Sisodia said that the work on the designing phase of this project had been completed, and work on the ground level will start soon. Along with this, keeping in mind the demand of the traders, the government is also mulling over an idea to construct an exhibition hall here.
The common demand of many market associations was cleanliness and women’s toilets in their markets. Keeping this demand in mind, the government will work on setting up pink toilets in the markets.
Representatives of Chawri Bazar, Kashmere Gate, Naya Bazar, Karol Bagh, Kirti Nagar, Rohini, Model Town, Moti Nagar, and Khari Baoli Market Association were also present at the meeting.