Gollapudi facility: Collector to initiate action after Sankranti

G.V. Ramana Rao

'Merchants have now run out of reasons to stay back'

Objective of facility is to reduce traffic congestion in old city Deadline for wholesale traders to shift extended several times Traders will suffer losses if Government revokes "change in land use" order

VIJAYAWADA: The standoff between the district administration and the wholesale traders, who have not shifted to the new facility at Gollapudi, will last only till Sankranti festival. District Collector Navin Mittal said that action would be initiated, after the festival, against the wholesale merchants who were allotted shops in the new facility, but were not showing any interest in moving over.

The very objective of creating the facility at Gollapudi was to reduce traffic congestion in the old city where most of the wholesale depots were located, the Collector said.

All traders would suffer losses if the "change in land use" issued by the State Government was revoked. This could be easily achieved with a single letter from the Collectorate. The deadline for the wholesale traders to shift to the new facility was extended several times keeping in mind several issues and the convenience of the merchants. But the merchants had now run out of reasons to stay back in their old shops, the Collector said.

Some of the merchants sought permission to run retail outlets in the old shops. But the demand that the Government should ensure no wholesale business was done in the old city was not just and reasonablehe said.

Matter of time

Mr Mittal said every wholesale trader who had a shop would move to the new facility, sooner or later because customers would demand it. Wholesale traders who did not shift would lose their share of investment immediately and increased business in the future, the Collector said.

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