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Updated: May 17, 2012 14:58 IST

Vegetable traders protest encroachment in central market

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A view of Central Vegetable Market in Madurai. Photo:S. James
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A view of Central Vegetable Market in Madurai. Photo:S. James

Traders of Central Vegetable Market are up in arms against the indifferent attitude of the Corporation officials in removing encroachment at the market in Mattuthavani.

Around 50 vociferous traders, majority of them women, on Wednesday barged into the Mayor, V.V. Rajan Chellappa’s chamber and complained to him the lackadaisical attitude of the officers in removing the encroachment.

“We have paid Rs. 50,000 deposit to the Corporation for the shops allotted to us at the new Central Vegetable Market. We pay Rs. 700 rent a month to the Corporation. But, the rampant encroachment by outsiders on the platform and road has been eating into our revenue rendering us in loss,” shouted a woman trader, Petchi, standing outside the Mayor’s chamber.

President of one of the traders’ association in the market, M. Thavamani, said that many of the traders, who had their shops for more than 35 years, were allocated shops in the rear rows in the market. “The shops in the prime spots in the market were usurped by influential politicians,” he said.

“Despite paying the deposit and monthly rental for our shops in the rear side, many of us are forced to occupy the shops of the politicians for a daily rental of around Rs. 100. Even then we are not able to sell our produce as hundreds of outsiders put up shops on the road side and platforms denying access to the customers to reach our shops,” Mr. Thavamani said.

He added that the association has made several representations to the authorities concerned, from the Corporation Commissioner to the Collector and also the Chief Minister’s office. Despite a High Court ruling on eviction of encroachment, the Corporation officials were not complying with it, he said.

The Mayor has promised to look into the issue at the earliest, Mr. Thavanmani said.

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