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Soon, Puthur market to close down

A commercial complex will be built soon at Puthur market, which has been serving residents of Puthur, Woraiyur, Thillai Nagar and neighbouring areas in the city for over several years.

While fish vendors at the market are to be shifted to the new fish market coming up at Kasivilangi on Kuzhumani road soon, vegetable traders will be accommodated at Woraiyur Market, the Corporation has said.

The Puthur market was originally designed to house vegetable shops. But, a portion of the market was allocated for fish trade after closure of a private fish market at Cooney bazaar in Bheema Nagar about 15 years ago.

Fish stalls at Puthur market are to be shifted to Kasivilangi on Kuzhumani Road.
There were not many residential colonies in Puthur and Thennur when the market was established at Puthur. As years progressed, many new residential colonies began to spring up gradually. There are many colonies and several houses around Puthur market now.

Although the fish market was well patronised by the residents initially, they gradually began to demand that the Corporation shift it due to unhygienic conditions prevailing around it. The demand became louder after a few private nursing homes came up around the market a few years ago.

Heeding the demand, the Corporation decided to shift the market to Kasivilangi on Kuzhumani Road in Woraiyur and construction of the new fish market complex is at an advanced stage.

N. Ravichandran, Commissioner, Tiruchi Corporation, told The Hindu that the new fish market was coming up in 60th ward at an estimate of ₹3.32 crore.. It was being constructed on 1.25 acre of land. It will have 23 retail shops and six wholesale shops. It will be completed in another 45 days.

The Commissioner said a commercial complex with a a built-up area of 10,250 square metres on basement, ground plus three floors would be built at the space vacated by the traders at Puthur market.

A parking lot with a capacity to accommodate 53 cars and 128 two-wheelers will be established at the basement. The ground and first floors would have retail shops. It had been planned to construct a food court, multi-purpose halls on second and third floors.

A sum of ₹20.20 crore had been allotted for the project, which would be taken up under Smart City Mission projects. Tenders had been floated for construction of a commercial complex.

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