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Scrutiny of applications for shops at Kallikudi begins

The Kallikudi market on the Tiruchi - Madurai National Highway has 830 shopsA. MuralitharanA_MURALITHARAN


With the last day of submission of filled up applications, seeking allotment of shops at the Central Market for Vegetables and Flowers at Kallikudi coming to an end, a committee, constituted by Collector K. Rajamani, has begun the process of scrutinizing the applications.

Deputy Director of Agricultural Marketing, Secretary, Tiruchi Agricultural Market Committee, Assistant Commissioner of Tiruchi City Corporation (Ariamangalam zone) and Account Officer, Horticultural Department are part of the committee.

According to a reliable source, the Tiruchi Agricultural Market Committee, which is entrusted with the task of allotting shops, has sold 1,638 applications to those who have shown inclination to move their trading operations form Gandhi Market to Kallikudi complex. Of them, more than 70% are said to be retail and pavement vendors at Gandhi market. Almost all persons, who had received applications by paying Rs. 200 each, have submitted the filled up forms.

Several wholesale traders, who opposed the move to shift to Kallikudi market, have also submitted applications.

The committee has had few sittings and has begun scrutinizing the applications.

Based on information provided by the traders, they are being broadly divided into three categories such as wholesale, retail and pavement traders.

“Our immediate priority is to shift the wholesale operations at Gandhi Market to Kallikudi market. Hence, the applications submitted by wholesale traders of Gandhi Market will only be considered for allotment of shops in the first phase,” a senior official, who is overseeing the process of scrutiny of applications, told The Hindu .

The official added that the committee members, after scrutiny, would make physical verification of claims made by traders.

They would study whether they were genuine wholesale traders.

The volume of business and value, locations of trading at the Gandhi Market, volume of garbage being generated by the traders and the extent of traffic congestion would also be taken into consideration while allotting shops.

Sources added that a draft list of allottees would be prepared in a few days. The list would then be sent to Commissioner of Agricultural Marketing and Agri Business in Chennai for clearance. Based on it, a final order would be issued with the details of shop allotment.

The Kallikudi market has 830 shops. Of them, 330 are on the ground floor and 500 on the first floor.

The minimum rent will be Rs. 1,600 and the maximum Rs. 4,000. It is Rs. 1,600 for a 10x10 shop in the first floor. The rent is Rs. 2,000 in the ground floor. For shops, which are 20x20 in size on the ground floor, the rent is Rs. 4,000.

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