City’s popular flea market may get a new address
New Delhi: One of the capital’s most popular flea markets, Kabari Bazaar, will soon get a new home. Known more as Chor Bazaar, the weekly market is currently running from Subhash Park near Red Fort. The list of five probable places for its relocation will be decided by senior government officials on Monday.
This is, however, not the first time the market was made to shift base. Originally set up in the Mughal period, the market was initially a part of Meena Bazaar at Red Fort and later moved to Chawri Bazaar near Jama Masjid. During the mid-60s, it had moved to the front of the Red Fort and stayed there till 2000. By then it had become a haven for junk and stolen goods available at cheap rates, and started being referred to as Chor Bazaar. More than 1,500 sellers gather here every Sunday to sell their wares. People from the neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh also come here with their stuff.
The market was located right behind Red Fort on Bela Road till 2000, when the entire area was cordoned off due to security reasons following a militant attack in the Mughal citadel.
It has rows of shops selling an array of clothes, shoes, crockeries and cutleries, furniture, electronic items and spare parts. The items which are sold at other places for Rs 1,000 is easily available here for around Rs 100. Many even have tags of foreign brands, which catch the fancy of buyers who look for fashionable but affordable items. Its location, in front of a beautiful, green park, also attracts many to this market.
Garment sellers buy second-hand goods in bulk, most of which are originally imported from places like Japan, Korea and the US. Sometimes these second-hand clothes are mended in such a manner that they look absolutely new.
However, over the years as the crowd kept swelling, the traffic in the area and safety became a cause of concern. An official said the hawkers crowded the pavements and encroached upon the road every Sunday. Not much was done over the years to control the chaotic situation until now when Public Works Department (PWD) has taken the onus of clearing the mess, he added.
“It’s been a while since I have been to Chor bazaar but I remember make detours to get to my destination every Sunday. Because of the encroachment, there used to be heavy traffic on the way and traffic jams would take away at least half an hour,” said Rajesh Khurana, a trader working in Old Delhi.
Chor Bazaar is currently running from Subhash Park near Red Fort