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In bad shape: Damaged portion of the Nethaji vegetable market in Erode.
In bad shape: Damaged portion of the Nethaji vegetable market in Erode.

Staff Reporter

Of the 182 shops in the market, more than 90 face one problem or other

ERODE: Vegetable vendors at the Nethaji Daily Market, maintained by the Erode Corporation, are upset over the state of affairs in the market. They say the Corporation’s efforts to repair and upgrade facilities at the market have not yielded the desired results. “Earlier, roof was damaged, and that was the only complaint. Now, the roof, after plastering, leaks. And, that is not all. The plastering work is substandard," complains M. Balasubramaniam, a vendor.

About six months ago the Corporation undertook upgrade and maintenance work at the market. It asked the contractor executing the work to repair all damaged concrete roofs, which at many a place had given away exposing rusted concrete rods. The contractor did not carry out the work completely, he had just repaired roofs at two or three rows, the vendors allege.

A. Vadivel, a banana leaf trader, pointing to the roof at his shop says the contractor has not repaired the roof at his shop. “The concrete chips keep falling, sometimes damaging leaves," he rues. For pumpkin trader K. Periasamy the problem is the repaired roof. “In the recent rains, water stagnated at my shop, damaging pumpkins. I lost goods worth over Rs. 3,000," he complains. Adding to the worry is the absence of a sewerage system to drain rain water, the vendors say.

This was the reason for Mr. Periasamy losing pumpkins. Of the 182 shops in the market, more than 90 face one problem or other, the vendors say. They want the Corporation to ask the contractor to complete the work soon without compromising the quality.

Corporation officials admit that the work is incomplete, there are problems in the execution and add that disbursement of money will take place only the civic body is satisfied with the quality of work. The work is likely to begin soon.

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