Marble, granite traders up in arms against casting yard

Marble and granite traders and workers protesting against the decision to locate the workshop for the Kanaka Durga flyover in the marble marketyard in Vijaywada on Wednesday. -Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar  

The wholesale marble and granite traders at Bhavanipuram are up in arms against the proposal to locate casting yard for Kanaka Durga flyover works in the market yard.. The traders have shut their shops in protest against the district administration decision to earmark the Marble and Granite Wholesale Market yard for the casting yard.

The problem cropped with the official identifying the market yard as “suitable” for setting up of the casting yard about 20 days ago. Since then, the traders have been making rounds to the Collectorate urging the officials to reconsider the proposal. The traders even knocked the doors of court of law.

“We got stay orders. Officials were, however. threatening to pull down our shops if we don’t vacate them,” alleged Gopal Sarma, president of the association.

District Collector Babu. A, however, said: “Officials haven’t said that their shops would be pulled down. We tried to convince the traders that the casting yard would be there only for seven months.” “The land is required if we need to complete the flyover before Pushkarams. It is very close to the flyover place,” he said.

While traders alleged that as many as 56 shops would be affected due to the construction of casting yard, the Collector said only one shop would be affected. “Even that trader was also assured that a shop would be constructed in the vicinity. But they are not agreeing to it,” said Mr. Babu.

Association secretary Haji Shoukat Ali said it took three years to level the land. Each trader spent lakhs of rupees on levelling as the land was marshy. The electricity, water facilities etc were developed by contributions from the members. As many as 4,000 families were depending on marble yard in the city. The traders, mutha coolies, employees, polishing labourers etc would go jobless, if the yard was disturbed, he said.

Mr. Shoukat Ali said Association was paying a lease of Rs. 22.5 lah per annum for 30 acres. It is the highest paid amount across for Wakf properties taken on lease, he said.

The wholesale traders entered into an agreement with Wakf Board in 2010 and took the land on lease. The Wakf Board has 45 acres at Bhavanipuram. Of this, the Marble traders took 30 acre land to set up their shops.

The traders began moving to Bhavanipuram from areas like Benz Circle and Ramavarappadu ring road as the police did not allow entry of lorries during the day time. The wholesale traders claim that they cater to the needs of retailers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State.

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