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Krishna Nagar market goes vehicle-free, relief from congestion woes

Krishna Nagar market goes vehicle-free, relief from congestion woes

New Delhi:

Visitors to the Krishna Nagar market were pleasantly surprised on Monday, to see the beautification work on Lal Quarter stretch with demarcation by yellow lines for pedestrians, flower pots, benches and fancy lights installed at regular intervals.

As part of the pedestrianisation and parking management plan for Krishna Nagar, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has restricted vehicle movement on the 1.5km Lal Quarter stretch. When TOI visited the place on Monday, there was no unauthorised parking on roads or hawkers on pavements. This made shopping even more fun for the hundreds of people coming to the market.

There were guards deployed at every corner of the road, to guide visitors and commuters. In addition, the civic body had also installed signages.

“The otherwise chaotic stretch looked peaceful and happening today. I hope, this arrangement will sustain forever and extend to other roads in the markets,” said Deependra Gupta, a resident of Cblock, adding that after 30 years he could walk so freely on this stretch.

The best part about the changes in this market was the new seating arrangement, according to visitors. “We can sit, rest and shop some more. This has always been my favourite market in Delhi, but there was too much hustle-bustle earlier,” said Ananya Kaushik, who had come for her wedding shopping.

While the vehicle-free stretch was punctuated at three crossings, where vehicles was running perpendicular to it, shoppers and pedestrians were strolling down at rest of the streets meant only for them.