Generally, when we talk about the Ghazipur area in East Delhi, it reminds us about the mountain-sized landfill site, the stench from chicken and fish market, densely populated illegal colony lacking sewer lines and the oversupply of dung in open drains from milk dairies.
But, amidst such a chaos, there is also a flower market on the other side of NH-24 where one can easily traverse without covering the nose. After the proposed makeover, it will also become the biggest flower market in the country.
The chairman of flower marketing committee at Ghazipur, Vijay Sisodia said, “If everything goes according to the plan, this flower market will become biggest flower market in the country. The flower market is currently operating under temporary sheds on a concrete lane.”
“Now, there will be four-storey buildings with flower gardens around its premises. Spread on nearly 10 acres, hardly 25 percent area is currently being used and rest of the areas are still lying vacant,” said Sisodia.
“A big size exhibition hall will also be made for visitors where flowers from all across the world will be displayed. An annual estimated business of Rs 120 crore is presently done here and it will grow up to Rs 450 crore after its makeover,” Sisodia added.
“The construction work of building will start by August and would be complete in next two years. We are hopeful that DDA would sanction building plan soon,” said Sisodia.
City Spidey has learnt that the proposal for the makeover of this flower market was passed in 2010-11 by the Delhi government. However, the project got stuck due to financial issue between the state government and DDA.
Now, after several rounds of discussions between both the parties, DDA has agreed to sanction building plan.
Nearly 60,000 kg of flowers which are imported from various parts of the country including Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are being traded in this flower market on daily basis.