The Delhi government’s ambitious e-portal ‘Dilli Bazaar’, which will allow shoppers around the world to take a virtual tour of the city’s top markets and shop on the lines of other e-commerce platforms, will launch in December with 10,000 providers going live, according to an official statement.
Through Dilli Bazaar, Arvind Kejriwal’s government aims to bring Delhi’s markets to a “state-of-the-art” digital platform where any Delhi-based merchant can display and sell their products worldwide, it said.
The government will bring more than one lakh stores from Delhi to the e-portal within six months of launch, providing them with a 24/7 digital storefront. With no setup costs, the products on Dilli Bazaar are significantly cheaper than those on other e-commerce portals, the statement said.
According to the statement, Kejriwal chaired a high-level review meeting at the Delhi Secretariat to take stock of the project’s progress. Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia and Deputy Chairwoman of the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDCD) Jasmine Shah were also present at the meeting.
“Delhi’s markets will be known around the world in the years to come. By December 2022, “Dilli Bazaar” will be launched with storefronts of 10,000 stores in Delhi. The Delhi government will connect one lakh sellers to the portal in the first phase,” Kejriwal is quoted as saying in the statement.
He said these shopkeepers are checked by the market association.
“An agency will be appointed to oversee all aspects of Dilli Bazaar’s operations. This will be the first time in the country that Delhi’s markets will be available on multiple digital platforms,” he said in the statement.
The statement said the portal will adopt the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) protocol to build an open network of e-marketplaces in Delhi, which will help move buyer and seller transactions from closed platforms to decentralized open networks to relocate.
For example, if a customer wants to buy shoes in a Connaught Place store while sitting at home, they log on to the portal and select the pair they want. After that, the customer will be given an option to buy the shoes not only through the Dilli Bazaar portal but also through other integrated portals where the seller has listed their products, it said.
“This provision will help Delhi shopkeepers to get a digital presence not only on Dilli Bazaar portal but also on various e-commerce portals, opening them a wide horizon of opportunities,” the statement said.
The government intends to make the portal’s products available on all e-commerce platforms with all e-payment options for transactions, it added.
Dilli Bazaar will also launch virtual market tours where customers and visitors can tour market streets and shops, facilitating their shopping journey and trip planning, the statement said.
For example, if people from other states or countries want to visit Chandni Chowk Market from the comfort of their own home, they can virtually navigate each street to see what the stores there are selling and buy the items they like while they are at it get a unique experience, explained the statement.
“The Government of Delhi will appoint providers for this purpose and launch it from five markets and then gradually implement it in each Delhi market,” the statement added.
The statement said that all store owners will receive a personalized digital storefront on the portal and all products in their stores will be listed on the e-portal.
The portal allows users to search for store owners, markets and products by name. It will also act as a repository of verified Delhi sellers with comprehensive catalogs of products.
The vision behind the move is to showcase Delhi’s unique markets on a virtual platform; make the city’s shops accessible to shoppers worldwide; Facilitate business creation, growth and diversification, and provide commerce with a credible and affordable e-commerce platform, it said.