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Business as usual: Wholesale traders carrying out their business from the APMC yard on the outskirts of Hubli on Wednesday.
Business as usual: Wholesale traders carrying out their business from the APMC yard on the outskirts of Hubli on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Wholesale merchants of vegetables, fruits and flowers, who were initially reluctant to shift to the APMC yard at Amargol on the outskirts of Hubli, have given up their demand seeking more time to shift to the new premises.

Many merchants, who were prevented from carrying out their business from the old APMC market in the city since Saturday, moved to the APMC yard on Wednesday.

The Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation went ahead with its move to shift the wholesale traders of vegetables, fruits and flowers to the new premises after it found out that the merchants were seeking more time to shift even after being given “adequate” time.

The merchants had complained that there were no adequate facilities at the APMC yard for carrying out their business.

They also wanted to know why only vegetable and fruit merchants were singled out for the shifting.

However, when Special Commissioner Ajay Nagabhushan clarified that even grocery merchants would not be left out and he had called a meeting of the grocery wholesale merchants on August 25, they reportedly agreed to shift to the new premises.

The Special Commissioner had said that all wholesale merchants operating from the old APMC market in Hubli would have to move to the APMC yard at Amargol.

The State Government has de-notified the old APMC market area comprising of Akki Honda, Bhoospet, Mahatma Gandhi Market and adjacent areas.

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