Staff Reporter

42 bus services from agricultural pockets to uzhavar sandhais

Concept of photo identity cards for farmers is aimed at identifying the genuine It will eliminate middlemen making margins in retail vending of vegetablesBuyers will be benefited by getting fresh vegetables straight from the farm Additional facilities such as lighting, sanitation and drinking water supply at these markets

Coimbatore: All the eight Uzhavar Sandhai's in the district would be given a facelift and their functioning would be improved in a phased manner, the District Collector, Neeraj Mittal, told reporters today.

Produce

Talking to newspersons, Mr.Mittal said that the Horticulture Department had so far received 3,120 applications from farmers and identity cards had been issued to as many as 735 farmers already.

The concept of photo identity cards for farmers is aimed at identifying the genuine farmers who want to sell their produce at the uzhavar shandai.

The exercise would help in eliminating middlemen making margins in retail vending of vegetables and preventing merchants from exploiting the uzhavar shandai.

The objective is to ensure that farmers get a good price and the merchants do not fleece the buyers in order to make huge margins.

The buyers would be benefited by getting fresh vegetables straight from the farm.

All the vacant positions were filled up and the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) has commenced operation of 42 special bus services from various agricultural pockets to uzhavar sandhais late at night and in the small hours.

These bus services could be availed for farmers to transport their agricultural produces from the farm to the shandy, he said.

Detailed estimates have been drawn up for taking up renovation and works for giving facelift to all the eight uzhavar sandhais at Pollachi, Udumalpet, Mettuppalayam, Tirupur North, Tirupur South, Kurichi, R.S. Puram and Singanallur in two phases.

Improvements

The improvements would include provision of shelter, lighting, sanitation facilities and drinking water supply.

To a suggestion for extending the working hours of the sandhai in the evening time also for the benefit of office goers and farmers, Mr. Mittal said that a survey would be done among the farmers and buyers and depending on the need and feasibility factors, the suggestion for extending the working hours would be considered.

The Collector pointed out that following news reports about frequent accidents on the National Highway No 47 at Perumanallur near the Netaji Apparel Park, the Transport Department was asked to conduct surprise checks at this point regularly for curbing violation of road-rules that led to accidents.

Violation

In the last one week of raids, check reports for violation (including over-loading) were issued to a number of vehicles and many of them were impounded.

The initiative had started yielding results and the violation rate had come down drastically, the Collector said.

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