Delhi Government has floated ‘Expression of Interest-cum-Request for Qualification’ (EOI-cum-RFQ ) from agencies interested in partnering to design, develop, operate and maintain the ‘Dilli Bazaar’ platform, including the digital portal as well as offline services on Tuesday.‘Dilli Bazaar’ is a pathbreaking, state-of-the-art e-marketplace being built by the Delhi Government to empower businesses based in Delhi by helping them grow and diversify. The user-friendly and easy-to-operate platform will be designed by deploying the best-in-class technology to enhance the digital presence of local businesses of Delhi, including Delhi traders, sellers, wholesalers, service providers, manufacturing units, etc. A senior Government official said that the first phase of the project will focus on boarding sellers of products, and service providers will be enabled on the platform in the second phase. The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of Delhi was tasked with assisting the industries department in carrying out a benchmarking exercise and preparing a strategic roadmap for Dilli Bazaar.Jasmine Shah, Vice-Chairperson of DDC Delhi said: "As the Government will help sellers set up their virtual shops with zero setup cost, Delhi’s local businesses will be able to Covid-proof themselves and access a global online identity.”
Shah said, "DDC has concluded a detailed three month consultation exercise with various market associations of Delhi, existing e-commerce platforms, logistics providers etc as well as national and internal benchmarking to create a unique roadmap for Dilli Bazaar. The platform will aim to provide a unique visual navigation experience to the iconic markets of Delhi, and at the same time allow the smallest of businesses across Delhi go online with minimal effort."
Every seller on the ‘Dilli Bazaar’ platform will have its own store-front to enable them to showcase their unique shops and products through detailed product catalogues. The platform also envisions to be among the first and largest e-commerce marketplaces to be compliant with Government of India's Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) initiative, enabling the seller to be easily discoverable and allowing them to conduct their businesses across multiple buyer platforms.
Promoting the motto of ‘Go Local’, the customers on this platform will be able to search by products, markets, sellers and geographical area to enable their discovery of the distinctive markets of Delhi. The portal announced by Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal recently, will be Delhi’s own e-marketplace where all shop-owners and service providers of Delhi will have a virtual store and will be able to sell their products and services online across the globe.