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Chandni Chowk Market Delhi Turns Online

Over 2,500 trades in the capital's iconic Chandni Chowk market are now become online with their personal websites as part of a proposal by Google, holder of the world's most popular search engine.

Google, as piece of its 'India Get Your Business Online' project launched in November 2011, proffers free websites and domains to small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the nation. As part of the project, Google India and HostGator went to every store and shop in Chandni Chowk and made over 2,500 free websites for businesses operating from the marketplace.

In addition to forming these websites, Google India has also started a universal website '' to offer a list of businesses from Chandni Chowk.

Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal, who is too a Member of Parliament from the Chandni Chowk citizenry, said the progress will help these shop owners augment their business as information about them would be more extensively available.

Google targets to create over 500,000 free websites for SMBs in the nation by 2014. "We have created more than 150,000 websites across 7,850 cities in India within a year. Next year, we look ahead to cover up 300,000 businesses and by 2014-end, we will convene the goal of 500,000", said Rajan Anandan, Google India VP and Managing Director (Sales and Operations) at an event late last evening here.

Chandni Chowk is a center of small and medium businesses in north India with more than 5,000 businesses counting suppliers, exporters and wholesalers, but very few possess a website.

"This project from Google has offered all businesses with a professional website, which will at the present make it easier for customers to discover us online and help us to nurture our businesses," Kinari Bazaar Gota Zari Association of Chandni Chowk spokesperson Pradeep Jain said.

Under the 'India Get Your Business Online' plan, small businesses can place up a website for free and later than a year, they should to pay just the website hosting charges.

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