Simmakkal vendors reluctant to move to ‘smart market’

  • By Hindu
  • | Saturday | 13th January, 2018

The proposal to shift the Simmakkal fruit market to Mattuthavani’s central ‘smart market’ has been hanging fire for long. Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar says, “Since this is a ‘smart market,’ we had to do soil testing and thorough inspection. Those who attempt to reach Vilakuthooon through the fruit market say that they have resigned to navigating through narrow stretches. A Madurai Corporation official said that the proposal to shift the fruit market to Mattuthavani was approved by the Corporation Council in 2013. Despite these said benefits, the vendors,who are regularly told to vacate from Simmakkal, say that there are several problems.

The proposal to shift the Simmakkal fruit market to Mattuthavani’s central ‘smart market’ has been hanging fire for long.

Construction and infrastructural delays are preventing vendors from making the big move.

The delay causes inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists who regularly use the roads around Simmakkal and Yanaikkal. A Madurai Corporation official said that the proposal to shift the fruit market to Mattuthavani was approved by the Corporation Council in 2013.

Though work began in early 2016, the progress has been slow. The construction of 240 shops is over but much of the infrastructure is yet to be incorporated.

Construction was stalled as the Corporation did not have enough funds in its coffers. Commissioner S.

Aneesh Sekhar says, “Since this is a ‘smart market,’ we had to do soil testing and thorough inspection.

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