Sadar Bazaar, Delhi
The Bara Tooti chowk in Sadar Bazaar, Delhi
|• Body||Municipal Corporation Of Delhi|
|• Official||Hindi, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||North Delhi|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Sadar Bazaar|
|Civic agency||Municipal Corporation Of Delhi|
Sadar Bazaar is the largest wholesale market of household items in Delhi, India. Like other major markets of Old Delhi, this market is very crowded and buzzes with activity. Although it is primarily a wholesale market, it also caters to occasional retail buyers. Owing to the sheer volumes that are traded here every day, a visit to the market can be termed sensory overload. In addition to being a market for traders, Sadar Bazaar is a parliamentary constituency, making it a hub for politics.
Location and transportation
Sadar Bazaar is located on the western side of Khari Baoli street. It is connected to the rest of the city via buses (closest station is Kashmere Gate ISBT), auto-rickshaws and trains (closest metro station is Chandni Chowk).
The area also has a railway station named Delhi Sadar Bazar (Code: DSB). It is 1 km (0.62 mi) from New Delhi railway station and trains take about 9 to 15 minutes to reach there. All the trains that stop here are either EMUs, MEMUs or passenger trains consisting of General class seating arrangements. As of 2015, the rail ticket fare for this leg is ₹5. 
Sadar Bazaar consists of numerous smaller markets, including Pratap market, Swadeshi market and Teliwara or Timber market. The market, as a whole, not only deals in household goods, but also in various other items such as toys, imitation jewellery and stationery. It has become a den of counterfeit products of many multi-national companies, FMCG products and especially cosmetic goods of deceptively similar character.
Traders and shoppers have access to authentic Indian food, including delicacies deep-fried in ghee (clarified butter) and mithai (traditional sweets) of various kinds. The lanes are plenty and narrow, lined with shops selling imported goods, clothing, shoes and leather items, electronic and consumer goods, and more. The market, even more so than the rest of the city, is very congested.
Considered by some to be the biggest wholesale market in Asia, accounts from local traders indicate that Sadar Bazaar suffers from over-congestion of stalls, power cuts, lack of sanitation facilities, improper maintenance of roads and frequent traffic jams.
Being recognised as the biggest market of Delhi, it is not surprising that the property prices are at their height.
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Swadeshi Market in Sadar Bazaar is famous for artificial jewellery, toys, gifts item, and house hold plastics. Inside Sadar Bazaar, every lane is having there local association and having shops of different goods.
As of 2015, Vijay Malhotra (Yogiraj) is the president of Swadeshi Market.
Administration and politics
Federation of Sadar Bazar Traders Association (Regd.) is the parental organisation of all the major trade associations of Sadar Bazaar.
Sadar Bazaar is part of the Sadar-Paharganj constituency, one of the twelve administrative zones of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). As of 2015, this constituency is represented by Som Dutt of the Aam Aadmi Party. Prior to Dutt, this Vidhan Sabha constituency was represented by Rajesh Jain of the Indian National Congress (INC). Previously a parliamentary constituency, it is now[when?] a part of Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency represented by Harsh Vardhan of the BJP.
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