Shifting of wholesale vegetable, fruit market strongly opposed

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jan 2018 10:50:37


Business Reporter,


KRISHI Upaj Mandi Samiti is insisting the Dumartarai vegetable and Lalpur fruit wholesalers to go to Tulsi-Baradera wholesale market on the outskirts of capital Raipur as this market finds no takers.
The market was developed at a cost of Rs 23.5 crore by the Mandi with financial assistance from NABARD, but now there are no takers for this market as the
business community finds the market place unfeasible. “The officials of Krishi Upaj Mandi to conceal their alleged unviable plan are exerting pressure for shifting the wholesale businessmen to Tulshi Baradera.

Already the officials have identified wholesalers mainly dealing in vegetables, fruits as well as onion and potatoes to be shifted to Baradera. Meanwhile, the shops to be provided to onion and potato wholesalers has been rented to pesticide sellers,” said Srinivas Reddy, President of Shriram Thok Sabji Vikreta Samiti, Dumartarai, Vice-President Sheikh Abdullah, Secretary Harish Bavariya, former President Gajendra Agrawal, Joint Secretary Raja Sahu while speaking to The Hitavada here on Tuesday.

Strongly opposing the pressure tactics to shift the newly-settled old Dumartarai wholesale vegetable market, the traders said that the officials want wholesalers to purchase or take on rent shops in this unviable project.

During the plan for shifting of Gudiyari Wholesale Market traders to Dumartarai, the concerned officials gave reference of success obtained by the Shriram Thok Sabji Vikreta Samiti, Dumartarai. But, now the praiseworthy initiative has turned sour with pressure being exerted by officials of Krishi Upaj Mandi Samiti, Pandri-Tarai to shift it to Tulsi Baradera. Meeting are being held frequently on this issue between the Mandi samiti officials and vegetable as well as fruit wholesalers for last one year without any positive outcome. A similar meeting is scheduled at the office of Deputy Director Agriculture, Raipur on January 10.

“When Krishi Upaj Mandi officials planned construction of 55 acre Tulsi-Baradera market complex its initial estimate was around Rs 10 crore in 2005-06. The cost escalated to Rs 23.5 crore on completion in the year 2013.” said the vegetable and fruit wholesalers. They informed that major part of this project built with funds from NABARD is still lying unused with no takers. If administration is concerned with the well being of the business community, they should openly offer shops to those who can utilize the premises profitably.

However, the wholesalers further added that the Dumartarai based Shriram Wholesale Vegetable Market with 77 shops was established by the members of Shriram Thok Sabji Vikreta Samiti in 2010. It was built on 4.5 acre land purchased by the samiti and trading activities commenced in 2011.

Each shop owners had to pay Rs 10 lakh for acquiring respective shop which was well planned for better utilization based on the type of business. Adequate parking as well as loading and unloading space was maintained inside the market place to save perishable item from getting damaged due to delay, they added.

Sharing the problems faced by vegetable sellers, they said that presently, vegetable wholesalers functioning from Dumartarai market which is nearly 6 KMS from the heart of the city has taken better shape after suffering frequent losses. However starting from new location, the vegetable traders have finally reached a better position. So, it will be a death trap for the same wholesalers to start again from scratch at a new location nearly 17 KMS from the Jaistambh Chowk in the capital city. Recalling the inaugural programme held on May 23, 2013, the traders informed that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh who was chief guest praised the members for forming a samiti and developing a market place on their own.

He also said that this project will be a reference for the traders to shift and develop on the outskirts of the city. The traders also said that Dumartarai market was in the Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for wholesale market and also included in the 2021 master plan. Besides being a market for the small vegetable growers and support to those being part of start-up initiative in vegetable business sector, the market also generated employment for people from the surrounding villages like Deopuri, Dumartarai, Fundhar, Sezbahar, Mana, Purena and Amlidih, they added.