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Common drying area provided

CHENNAI: Over 300 gunny bag traders from Royapuram received letters of intent allotting open developed plots in Madhavaram to relocate their businesses from Minister for Local Administration M.K. Stalin on Wednesday.

The traders had been asking for an alternative location ever since authorities asked them to move out citing pollution caused by their business operations.

After handing over the letters at a function held at the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) office, Mr. Stalin said he had tried to find a solution to the problem, which surfaced while he was the city mayor. The issue dragged on for nearly 10 years. After coming to power this year, the DMK government addressed the traders' demand by offering space for 338 traders at the CMDA facility in Madhavaram with the assistance of Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, Minister for Urban Development.

After consultations with Mr. Parithi Ilamvazhuthi and CMDA officials, the traders accepted the offer to buy plots. Apart from plots measuring up to 300 square feet and 600 square feet, there will also be a common drying area at the new facility, said Mr. Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, who asked the traders to conform to pollution control norms. Mr. Stalin said that authorities would consider the request of 70 more traders for land at Madhavaram. Chennai mayor M. Subramanian, Corporation commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni, CMDA vice-chairman R. Santhanam, member-secretary M. Nasimuddin participated.

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