Market shifted to new premises to ease traffic
Traders claim no customers coming to rythu bazaar
They insist on setting up stalls on the roadside
NELLORE: With vegetable, fruit and flower sellers not showing interest in setting up stalls at the rythu bazaar at Fatehkhanpet in the city, shops in the rythu bazaar are lying vacant and the place has become a haven for anti-social elements.
About 400 vegetable vendors, equal number of fruit sellers and nearly 100 flower traders are there in Nellore city. Recently, the Municipal Corporation of Nellore (MCN), police and revenue department officials shifted the vendors from the vegetable market to the rythu bazaar to ease traffic congestion near the Nehru statue.
The traders who were reluctant to do business from the rythu bazaar started agitations demanding that the officials allow them to set up stalls on the roadside or allot space for them at Koneru, a site located adjacent to the vegetable market.
Collector K. Ramgopal said the Marketing Department had constructed about 125 stalls in the rythu bazaar and the government was providing power, drinking water, toilets and parking facilities there. He directed the MCN officials to remove the road divider and arrange high mast lamps at the rythu bazaar.
However, the traders claimed that there were no customers coming to the rythu bazaar and insisted that the officials allow their stalls on the roadsides.
However, the police and the revenue officials said there was no question of allowing shops or pushcarts on the roadsides as they caused traffic jams.
Superintendent of Police E. Damodar said the police were ready to allot constables to regulate traffic at Fatehkhanpet and provide all arrangements for the traders.
Meanwhile, the rythu bazaar has become a haven for anti-social elements during nights as the traders were not using the premises.