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Move to shift Rythu Bazaar draws consumer ire

VIJAYAWADA, ANDHRA PRADESH, 21/11/2015: A proposal to shift Rythu Bazaar from PWD Grounds evovking sharp criticism from consumers and Opposition parties in Vijayawada. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

VIJAYAWADA, ANDHRA PRADESH, 21/11/2015: A proposal to shift Rythu Bazaar from PWD Grounds evovking sharp criticism from consumers and Opposition parties in Vijayawada. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar   | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

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Constructed in 1.34 acres, the market was inaugurated during the TDP’s earlier tenure on January 26, 1999 with an aim to supply vegetables at a competitive price.

The proposed shifting of the Rythu Bazaar from the sprawling PWD Grounds (Swaraj Maidan) is evoking sharp criticism from consumers, vendors and opposition parties.

The district administration reportedly came up with the proposal to shift the market along with other establishments from the ground to develop it into a park.

Constructed in 1.34 acres, the market was inaugurated during the TDP’s earlier tenure on January 26, 1999 with an aim to supply vegetables at a competitive price. “We informed the then government that construction of the Rythu Bazaar would shrink the ground. The government ignored our pleas and opened the market. But the same government is now allowing officials to shift the market to other place. Is it justified?” questioned Citizens Forum general secretary M.V. Anjaneyulu.

The Marketing Department has spent Rs. 78 lakh on development works at the Rythu Bazaar.

Another Rs.1 crore was spent to take up modernisation work, especially for construction of permanent structures in 2014. According to officials, farmers and vendors are selling vegetables, fruits and other essential commodities through 325 shops.

Close to 15,000 customers from Guntur and Krishna districts throng the market everyday and purchase commodities.

“We prefer to purchase vegetables at PWD Grounds market because of its proximity to city. It’s like a mini superbazaar for us,” said K. Panduranga Rao, a customer.

Opposition leaders said they would not allow officials to shift any establishment from PWD Grounds. Instead of improving amenities at Rajiv Gandhi and Raghavaiah Parks, authorities are wasting resources on preparing plans to develop the PWD Grounds into a park. Several public meetings were organised at the ground since Independence. It hosted religious programmes and industrial exhibitions.

Youngsters are utilising the premises to play cricket and hone their driving skills. “We will fight the administration’s move tooth and nail and protect the interests of people,” said CPM CRDA convenor Ch. Babu Rao.



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