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Janpath shopkeepers pin hopes on new Metro station to draw buyers in

Garima Singh New Delhi | Updated on June 29, 2014

Vendors arrange goods at their handicraft stalls at the Janpath Market in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. India is scheduled to release third-quarter gross domestic product figures on Nov. 29. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg   -  Bloomberg

The opening of a Metro Station at Janpath, the shopping hub in central Delhi, has raised the expectations of shop-owners. While shoppers are looking forward to directly access the shopping hub, shopkeepers expect an increase in sales.

According to the Detailed Project Report (DPR) prepared by Delhi Metro, about 8,658 commuters will be entering and exiting the Janpath metro station every day.

Delhi’s ethnic apparel shopping street has had to bear the brunt of traffic diversions for Metro construction for some time now.

Around 70,000 additional commuters will be benefited from the introduction of the first section of phase 3 of the line, which connects Central Secretariat to Mandi House, a cultural hub.

The Janpath station also provides direct access to important buildings, such as the American Centre, British Council, Scindia House and Antriksh Bhawan.

Janpath market sees a large and varied crowd of shoppers, ranging from students to art connoisseurs, both from India and abroad, and caters to shoppers at both ends of the spending curve.

“The Metro is a boon for us as it saves time and money,” said RR Yadav, a shop-owner. Earlier, people and shopkeepers had to get down at Rajiv Chowk to reach Janpath, which was a 10-15-minute walk, he added.

Shopkeepers, many of whom pay rent, however, did not see any rise in rates due to the opening of the Metro station, a common trend wherever Metro services have been introduced in Delhi.

“Our shops come under New Delhi Municipal Corporation so we are not expecting any rise in rents”, said Shashi Gupta, Treasurer of Janpath Market Association.

Published on June 29, 2014

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