The Delhi government on Thursday allocated Rs 476.89 crore for the development of different mandis in the national capital. The decision was taken after a high-level joint meeting conducted between Development Minister Gopal Rai, officials of Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB) and Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) at the Delhi Secretariat. “The board passed a budget of Rs 476.89 crore for the development of Mandis for the financial year 2022-23 at the meeting,” a statement issued from the government said. Divulging further details on the allocation, the sate government informed that it has allocated Rs 178.73 crore to APMC Azadpur, Rs 13.34 crore to Fruit & Vegetables Market in Ghazipur, Rs 13.96 crore to FP & EMC in Ghazipur, Rs 8 crore to the Flower Market, Rs 18.91 crore to APMC Keshopur, Rs 45.03 crore to APMC Narela, Rs 5.32 crore to APMC Najafgarh and Rs 193.57 crore to the DAMB. Besides, Rs 303 crore have also been allocated for the renovation of Ghazipur’s Fruit and Vegetable, Poultry and the Flower Market. “The Kejriwal Government is committed to the development, expansion, and creation of better infrastructure in the Mandis. The Delhi Government will also continue to work on these kinds of projects keeping in mind the important concerns relating to agriculture and farmers,” a statement from Delhi Government said. Meanwhile, Gopal Rai announced the renovation of Kisan Bhawan at Azadpirandi and installation of CCTV cameras at all the markets. He said it will allow easy accommodation for the farmers, who come Delhi to sell their produce. “In today’s, instructions have been given for the renovation of Kisan Bhawan of Azadpur Mandi. This will make it convenient for the farmers to get temporary accommodation and stay in the Mandi itself. Farmers come to Azadpur Mandi to sell their vegetables and fruits and sometimes they have to stay in hotels around the Mandi for 1 to 2 days, which costs them a lot. “Our government has issued orders for the renovation of Kisan Bhawan, in order to protect farmers from similar difficulties and to provide better amenities,” Rai said. “Orders have also been issued by the board to install CCTV cameras in all Mandis of Delhi soon. With this, the security of Mandis will be kept under strict surveillance and the movement of people will also be taken care of,” he added.