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Vegetable market starts functioning at Mattuthavani

Staff Reporter

It will fetch a revenue of Rs. 36 lakh a month against Rs. 35 lakh a year from the old market



FIRST DAY:Retail traders doing business at the newvegetable market near Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand in the city on Thursday.

MADURAI: The Central Vegetable Market at Mattuthavani started functioning on Thursday with more than a dozen shops doing business in the morning. However, more number of shops became operational from the evening.

Corporation Commissioner S. Sebastine said that the old market near Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple would be closed with immediate effect and no more vegetable trading would be allowed there.

He attributed the delay in starting the market to various court cases. “We have made the beginning by complying with various court orders,” he said.

The Rs. 12-crore project undertaken by the Corporation has been designed for 1,200 retail shops and 524 permanent shops and necessary facilities such as parking lot for lorries and two-wheelers, canteen and toilets.

To a complaint on lack of power supply in the shops, the Commissioner said that even though fixing of electricity meters was under way in all the shops, the local body had provided common lighting facility for shops with the help of generators. Fifteen drinking water tanks had been provided. Besides two toilet complexes, one more complex would be constructed on the premises.

Shops for tomato and banana leaf traders were allocated on Thursday.

Better facilities

“The facilities provided at the new venue are much better than that of the old market,” Mr. Sebastine said. Separate entry and exit had been provided for lorries with a median on the Lake View Road side to facilitate easy movement of vehicles.

The Commissioner warned traders that their licenses would be cancelled if they traded in any product other than vegetables. An office for the market superintendent would be set up. Similarly, efforts would be taken to establish a police outpost there. Special teams would conduct surprise checks to ensure that traders were not encroaching upon roads and other areas in the market.

Stating that the old vegetable market was fetching around Rs. 35 lakh a year by way of rent, he said that the new market premises would bring a revenue of Rs. 36 lakh a month. The rent has been fixed in the range of Rs. 850 to Rs. 2000. Corporation officials would collect the rent as against the practice of auctioning the facility, he added.

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