Noida, home to nearly 63 million residents is home to many bustling markets that cater to the everyday needs of high-rise residents. With lanes of budget cafes, bakeries and brand outlets, the sector 18 market has become a favourite hangout destination for families and young office goers in the city. The essence of relaxation and fun with shopping also makes it comparable to Connaught Place in CP.
Apart from the visitors, the market is home to several traders of electronics, bakeries and brands. Cityspidey spoke to sector-18 Market Association President, S.K. Jain, who has held this position since 1996 about the market.
The following are excerpts from the conversation-
What is special about the sector 18 market?
Sector-18 market is a high street market centre, which is very popular among Noidaites. The plus point of this market is its approach and the fact that it has something for everyone. The market began to shape during the 1990s. There were only a few brands then but they merged with industrialisation. Now, both national and international draw a sizable crowd of visitors. This market is one of the biggest and oldest. There is a metro stop right outside the entrance and is also close to Delhi.
What are some of the issues of the market?
There are a few improvements that can be done to make the market more customer friendly such as the availability of sitting benches and drinking water booths. Moreover, parking is difficult to find, which is an inconvenience for the visitors.
What are your future plans for the market?
The basic idea is to make the market as visitor-friendly as possible. We want to conduct fun events and fiestas at the sector 18 market. This would engage the visitors and would also increase business for traders. We want to make selfie points with the help of the Noida Authority so that more people visit. We also want to install a high mast national flag at the amphitheatre of this market.