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Shopping for fish, meat set to be better

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Old slaughterhouse in Gandhi Market will be razed;new shops will come up there

A ROYAL MESS:Shopping at fish and meat section at Gandhi Market has been an unpleasant experience.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
A ROYAL MESS:Shopping at fish and meat section at Gandhi Market has been an unpleasant experience.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

Consumers visiting the fish and meat sections of the Gandhi Market in the city could look forward to better amenities soon as the Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has decided to build new shops to accommodate the traders.

Built as part of the Gandhi Market, established in 1940, the shops behind the main Gandhi Market complex are in a dilapidated condition with decrepit walls and damaged roofs.

The fish and meat sections of the market have about 105 shops and the complex is situated amidst unhygienic surroundings being located right in front of the garbage dumping area. People had long been complaining over the lack of amenities and poor sanitary conditions at the market. Traders had been demanding construction of new shops to replace the existing ones.

The corporation has decided to build a new fish-cum-meat market section at the site where the old slaughterhouse had been functioning. A modern slaughterhouse is coming up at the adjacent site. The old slaughterhouse building would be demolished once the new facility is ready, paving the way for the construction of new shops for fish/meat markets. This way, the functioning of the fish and meat shops would continue unhindered until the new building was ready.

Corporation sources said the new market section would have better amenities. The civic body would soon draw up a design and project report for construction of the new shops. The corporation, a few months ago, had decided to renovate the Gandhi Market in phases.

TURIP

Giving a fillip to the corporation, attempts to improve the roads and drain network in the city, the State government has sanctioned Rs. 20 crore under the Tamil Nadu Urban Roads Infrastructure Project in 2013-14. The civic body had forwarded proposals worth Rs. 23.12 crore to the government and as per a government order, the corporation had been asked to bear the remaining Rs. 3.12 crore from its general fund.


  • About 105 shops located amidst filth are dilapidated

  • There is proposal to provide modern facilities in new shops


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