The Coimbatore Corporation will initiate efforts build a new vegetable market in the city, on the lines of Koyambedu in Chennai, said Mayor S.M. Velusamy. Speaking while placing a resolution before the Council at the urgent meeting on Wednesday, he said that the civic body would initiate efforts to bring together the MGR Wholesale Market and the Anna Retail Market, which is next to the Saibaba Colony Police Station, and build a new market with all facilities.
The civic body had been receiving complaints, particularly from the police, saying that the presence of the markets on the Mettupalayam Road was causing traffic problem because of the frequent movement of lorries and other goods carriers.Councillors welcomed the Mayor's announcement with the thumping of desks.Incidentally, the Mayor address at the 2012-13 Budget speech says that since there was insufficient space at the Anna Wholesale Market to accommodate both wholesale and retail vegetable business the Corporation proposed to build a new market at its place in Kavundampalayam.
Sources in the Corporation said that though the announcement had been made the civic body was yet to initiate the process of shift the market. The resolution the Council passed with the regard to the market was for reducing the proposed increase in rent by 25 per cent. The subject tabled reasoned that the vegetable dealers at the market complained that the infrastructure at the market did not warrant such an increase. The Corporation had raised the rent to make it on a par with the rent fixed at private establishments. The other resolutions passed at the urgent Council meeting include extension of contract on temporary basis for street light maintenance, approval of tender for various commercial establishments, acceptance of bids for building bodies for lorries carrying solid waste and fixing deposit and rent for various establishments.