He claims earlier people from Gurgaon used to throng the market but all that has changed with malls mushrooming in Gurgaon and surrounding areas.
Broken walking plazas and unkempt common areas have taken the sheen off this once high-end market, which was also popular among students of South Campus.
According to the market association, while shops have shut down, others, among them pubs, have taken their place. “While five-six shops have shut, retail outlets have opened here. Even pubs, because of which unwanted elements hang around the market, which is a problem,” Das says.
On the competition from surrounding malls, Das believes each option — mall and high-street — has its advantages and disadvantages. “In high-street, you get personalised service while shops in malls are staff operated. On the other hand, the air-conditioning in malls makes it a more appealing option during summers,” he adds.
The president of the market association believes while malls have affected business, high-streets will bounce back. “In a few years, high-streets will soon be back in business. We have seen this in other parts of the world also,” Harish Jagwani says.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is responsible for the redevelopment of the centre. The agency claims a plan to redevelop the complex is still under consideration.
“It will require clearances from DDA’s screening committee before it reaches the implementation stage,” a DDA official says.
Anupam Complex, Saket
The Anupam complex, like Basant Lok, has taken a hit due to competition from malls that have opened in Saket. But it is slowly trying to re-invent itself to survive. “Our customer base shrinks in summer when people prefer the air-conditioned malls over high-street markets but in winter, business is back to normal. The market has transformed over the years. The niche shops have shut down and shifted to the malls, which attract that kind of crowd,” Bhagwan Das, owner of Lebanese Point and vice-president of the market association, says.
While many shops have closed, new ones have opened. “It has become more ofa restaurant and coffee shop market,”
Little China, a restaurant which opened last week, used to be a shoe shop. “People from surrounding