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This ‘supermarket’ in Dharwad is supremely unhygienic

The main market in Dharwad has been crying for attention for long.— PHOTO: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The main market in Dharwad has been crying for attention for long.— PHOTO: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT  

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The term ‘supermarket’ could be a misnomer for this facility spread over 5.35 acres in the heart of Dharwad city.

The only market in city, it resembles a slum with overflowing garbage bins, choked drains, and heaps of rotten vegetables, fruits, paper waste, plastic bags etc dumped all over.

Also, with the advancement of the monsoon, people are finding it difficult to enter the market as they are exposed to a slushy pathway, heaps of garbage and lack of hygiene. “At a time when foot wears are sold in air- conditioned shops, vegetables are sold here in unhygienic conditions next to the drainage,” a customer pointed out.

Modern complex

Although politicians and officials have been talking about building a modern market complex here, nothing seems to be moving in this direction.

The previous Bharatiya Janata Party government headed by Jagadish Shettar had cleared a proposal to build a new market complex. But, the Congress government has not provided funds for the purpose. The Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation authorities said that a Rs. 83-crore proposal to build a modern market complex with parking slots of 250 four-wheelers, 450 two-wheelers and nearly 750 stalls was sent to the government. But after gathering the dust for a long time, it was rejected on technical grounds. Later, the Urban Development Department suggested a public-private-partnership model and

the Karnataka State Finance Corporation accepted the proposal in 2012 too. But the works did not begin as funds were not released, the officials added.

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