Staff Correspondent

They are coming up near jubilee building

The project is estimated to

cost Rs. 23.5 lakh

Each shop will sell different products

Chitradurga: Seventeen shops are being built near the jubilee building here to provide better marketing space for products manufactured by self-help groups.

The district administration, with financial assistance from various sources, is constructing the complex at an estimated cost of Rs. 23.5 lakh. Work is expected to be completed in six weeks.

The project is part of a decision by the Government to promote SHGs and help them increase their income. “Several SHGs in the district produce a variety of products such as readymade garments. But in the absence of a proper marketing system, they are unable to make good profits. Thus, the district administration has undertaken the job of providing them with better marketing infrastructure,” Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas told The Hindu. He said the jubilee building area was chosen as it was in the centre of the city.

He said the Government had released Rs. 6.5 lakh for the construction of the shops while the zilla panchayat had contributed Rs. 10 lakh.

He said each shop would sell different products to avoid competition. The district administration had identified a few products which were culturally intrinsic to Chitradurga. “For example, Molkalmur taluk is known for its silk products while Challakere is known for woollen blankets. We intend to give separate shops to them so that they can expand their business,” Mr. Biswas added.


Soon after the completion of construction work, tenders would be invited for allotment of shops. A committee would be constituted for selecting the SHGs. The quality of products and the type of packaging used would be some of the criteria on basis of which the allotments would be made, he added.