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Fresh life for Daily Market makeover plan

The Daily Market makeover plan is back from the dead.

The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is taking fresh initiatives to build a multi-storey vegetable mart at Daily Market in the heart of the state capital.

Chief executive officer of the civic body Vinay Kumar Choubey issued a notice on Sunday, asking interested private companies to bid for construction and management of the proposed vegetable market that will be spread over 2936.85 square meter.

The tender will be formally issued on April 15 and the bids will be opened on May 20.

The development comes close on the heels of the Jharkhand State Agriculture Marketing Board mooting a multi-storey integrated agricultural mart in Doranda. If all goes well, the complex will be ready by this year-end.

“We revived the project as we want to provide better, clean environment for shopping. The civic body will provide land to the selected company on long-term lease for setting up the market, but the cost of construction has to be borne by it,” Choubey said.

The chosen firm will also prepare a detailed architectural and structural design of the market and get it approved by the civic body.

SK Sahay Daily Market, popularly known as Daily Market, is located alongside Mahatma Gandhi Road and plays host to wholesalers. Retailers of Lalpur, Doranda and Ratu Road buy vegetables at cheap rates from here.

The civic authorities started taking interest in developing Daily Market by way of providing better environment for sale and purchase of vegetables after Jharkhand High Court issued an order on August 27, 2007. The RMC even convinced the wholesalers, who owned the market, to part with their shops so that a seven-storey building could come up to accommodate 300-odd vegetable and fruit vendors. In fact, in 2009-10, the RMC floated a tender through which Feacon Construction was chosen for the job of building the complex. However, caught in red tape, the project sunk into oblivion.

“According to rules, the civic body needs to take permission of the state government to start constructions. But the process of selecting a construction company got delayed and the project cost shot up. Hence, the state government asked us to start afresh,” said Naresh Sinha, an official of RMC.

This time, however, the civic body has started the process of finding a construction company right from the start of the new financial year so that the project could be executed on time. In 2009-10, the total cost was around Rs 11 crore, which is expected to touch Rs 15 crore now.

Apart from the Daily Market plan, the civic body, at its board meeting on Saturday, decided to set up a vegetable mart in Madhukam-Khadgarha. The board has also approved proposals of setting up of a market complex and convention centre at Town Hall as well as beautification of Birsa Bus Stand, Khadgarha.

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