Over a lakh people visit the Koyambedu wholesale market every day. But, this hub of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers lacks basic facilities.
Spread over 150 acres, the complex houses about 3,100 shops. But, it does not have drinking water facilities for visitors. Traders make do with packaged drinking water. There are no toilets either for visitors. Though the complex has over 60 toilets, they are not properly maintained.
Priya Marimuthu, resident of Perambur, says she has little choice but to walk on garbage strewn across the market. “I shop here regularly as the vegetables and fruits are cheap. Officials must take action to maintain cleanliness on the premises,” she says. Members of the Koyambedu Market Licence Holders Merchants Association say they moved into the complex in 1996. But, the infrastructure in the market has not kept pace with the growth in trade.
Frustrated with the inaction of authorities, traders recently submitted a petition to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.