The markets in Srinagar will soon resemble the ones in metro cities, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said on Friday after inaugurating the Polo View Market, redeveloped under the Smart City project.
“The Polo View Market has been redesigned under the Smart City project. The electric wires and telecom fiber have all been laid underground. The market can be kept open even during the night,” Sinha told reporters.
The shopping centre — known for handicrafts and handloom products — has been transformed into a premium pedestrian market by Srinagar Smart City Limited.
Sinha said the locals face some difficulties wherever infrastructure projects are taken up but the traders cooperated with the authorities.
“I express gratitude to the traders who cooperated. I am sure it will increase the business here,” he said.
This is just a start and in the days to come, the Smart City project will develop many such markets at Residency Road, Lal Chowk and the old city area, the Lt Governor said.
“The endeavour to make Srinagar look like Delhi or Chandigarh or other big cities is on. The people who have come here would have felt that they were in Delhi or Mumbai and not in Srinagar. You will get to see many more markets like this in the coming days,” Sinha added.