Coimbatore

Traders oppose move to demolish shops in Gani market

Civic body plans to construct a textile hub at a cost of ₹51.59 crore

Opposing the Corporation’s move to demolish shops in the E.K.M. Abdul Gani textile market (Gani market) for constructing a textile hub, over 500 shopkeepers blocked the earthmover and staged a road roko here on Wednesday.

There are 740 weekly shops, 330 daily shops and 40 petty shops in the premises and traders from across the State and other States visit the market for wholesale purchases from Monday night to Tuesday every week. Under the Smart City Mission, the civic body has proposed to construct a modern market at a cost of ₹51.59 crore and had issued notices to the shopkeepers asking them to vacate the premises. However, shopkeepers wanted an alternative place to be allotted for them until the construction work is over. They also wanted the construction activities to be postponed till Deepavali as their business would be affected.

However, on Wednesday, an earthmover arrived on the premises for demolishing the shops which was opposed by the shopkeepers. They blocked the vehicle and staged a road roko. They said that they are carrying out the business in the area for 35 years employing over 4,000 workers. Since the garments are sold at very low price, wholesale traders from other States and people from nearby districts visit the markets frequently. “We are not opposing the construction of the textile market, but we want an alternative place to run our shops,” the shopkeepers said.

They said that when the case is pending in the court, the corporation, without any prior information to them, is trying to evict the traders. Erode Town Police held talks with the protesters. Later, corporation officials arrived at the spot and told them that the Corporation Commissioner would be holding a meeting with them on Friday.

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