New Delhi: Extremely popular for its cheap garments and second hand utilities, the Kabari Bazaar that used to come alive every Sunday outside the Red Fort is now going to be recreated as a Model Sunday Bazaar under the Ring Road bypass flyover next to the Indira Gandhi Stadium complex.
To make way for this Sunday market and the 1,167 authorized vendors who have evolved with the bazaar, the Delhi government is planning to sign a memorandum of understanding with trade union body Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) which works
with street vendors and women.
At a meeting with chief minister Sheila Dikhit, SEWA made a presentation on the evolution of the market and its vendors from the days when it was the Kabari Bazaar. The presentation went on to explain its growth and decay through the different phases when it was known as the Lal Quila Bazaar and then the Velodrome Sunday bazaar.
The market was removed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in January 2009 from the Velodrome Road as the Ring Road Bypass was to be completed for the Commonwealth Games. All the vendors have since then been
struggling to sell their wares at the kapda mandi in Raghubir Nagar in West Delhi.
It was known as Bibi Khanam Bazaar and was located opposite Red Fort in Mughal period. The name changed to Kabari Bazaar around 1858 Kabari Bazaar shifted from
Parade Ground to Bela Road and then to Edward Park. All this happened between 1947 and 1975 During Emergency, it was shifted to Ring Road behind Red Fort It was relocated to Velodrome Road in 2005 The Bazaar was removed in 2009 by MCD. Vendors are yet to be reinstated

• The Model Sunday Bazaar will have 1167 authorized vendors

• Popularly known as Kabadi Bazaar now, it is famous for old clothes and cheap utility items

• The Bazaar is planned in partnership with Self Employed Women’s Association

• In Delhi, there are 268 weekly markets officially notified by MCD
1 vendor earns
Rs 12,000
per month
1200 vendors earn
Rs 1.5 crore
per month
1 vendor serves
1200 vendors serve

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