ERODE: "The municipality has decided to demolish the old municipal market and construct a new building and already tenders have been floated for the work. However, notices have not been issued to the shop owners to vacate their premises," said the municipal vice-chairman and senior Congress councillor, B. Venkatachalam, at the council meeting on Wednesday. The Municipal Chairman, K. Kumar Murugesh, presided over the meeting.
Mr. Murugesh said already shopkeepers had been informed about the demolition and till the construction was over, they would be allowed to set up temporary stalls within the market. "Once the building is completed, the shops will be allotted to the traders," he said. The municipal administration is keen on maintaining good relations with the merchants and the municipality will not ignore their reasonable demands, he said.
Ramachandran, belonging to AIADMK, urged the chairman to grant the shops to the old owners.
He complained that there were no proper toilet facilities in the market. After discussions with the vice-chairman, Mr. Murugesh said that proper toilet facilities would be available in the new building and shops would be allotted to those running shops now.
Vijaya Basker (Congress) said that there were 27 streets in his ward (No. 22) and cleaning work was not being carried out properly. To register his protest, he squatted in front of the Chairman's podium. Mr. Murugesh said that due to shortage of sanitary workers, the municipal administration could not allot staff to clean all the wards. Steps were being taken to appoint more workers, he said and added that once more workers were appointed, garbage clearance work would be carried out in all the wards.
The officials explained to Mr. Basker about the situation and convinced by the reply, he withdrew the protest.