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Draw of lots begins to allot 272 shops to traders at Kallikudi

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The much-awaited move to decongest the cramped Gandhi market locality received a shot in the arm with the agriculture marketing and agriculture business department commencing the randomisation process through manual lot to allot shops for 272 traders out of the 300 identified to avail shops in the new facility at Kallikudi. About 28 traders did not participate in the first phase of the process that took place on Tuesday.

Acknowledging that the reception among existing traders to relocate their business to the Kallikudi integrated market complex was overwhelming, officials said that around 272 wholesale traders would be moved to the ground floor of the new 9.79 acre facility. Subsequently, in the second phase, the department in coordination with the district administration eyes to relocate another 100 traders from the Gandhi market.
“We have initiated the process to allot shop numbers and respective blocks to the traders whose applications were selected based on suggestions and inspections by the scrutiny committee that includes city corporation. The response to relocate was good particularly among the English and country vegetables traders,” an official with the agriculture marketing department told TOI.
The allotment process saw the 272 traders allocated with a shop each across selective blocks of the total 19 blocks in the integrated market. Subsequently, the traders provided with shops through randomisation will be asked to make an agreement with the marketing department to rent the shops
for one year tenure.
“The registration process for identified traders allotted with shops will conclude by June 15 (Friday). Simultaneously, we will take measures to hand over keys to the respective traders,” the official added. The stakeholders have asserted that full-fledged relocation of 300 wholesale traders from Gandhi market to integrated market would be initiated after June 15. “When the district administration insists us to relocate the shops we have no other go. Traffic woes in Gandhi market may come down to an extent post our relocation,” S Jayaraman, a tomato trader allotted with a shop in new market said.


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