Makeover time: Pandara Mandi on the outskirts of Ranchi on Sunday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
A wholesale vegetable market, equipped with all amenities to preserve produce under one roof, will come up where the Pandara Mandi, around 8km from the capital, stands today.
Also known as Pandara yard, the existing market is one of the biggest in Ranchi where tonnes of vegetables are bought and sold everyday. However, as the present condition of the mandi cannot exactly be termed hygienic or organised, Jharkhand State Agricultural Marketing Board has decided to convert a part of the 50 acre yard into a modern vegetable mart.
Managing director of the Board U.N. Oraon said the market would come up on the lines of Okhla Mandi in Delhi, equipped with facilities for sorting, grading, packaging and storing stocks.
The Board is set to tie up with the National Institute of Agriculture Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur, for the purpose.
“It’s a central government agency which has designed many modern markets around the country. We formally sent a proposal to them two weeks ago to design a vegetable mart for us too. They accepted our request and we are expecting a team from there to visit Ranchi soon,” said Oraon.
He added that the project cost would be known after the detailed plan takes shape. The market will come up on two acres inside the existing yard.
“Our job is to create better infrastructures for farmers. The yard is huge but most of it is rocky land that was lying useless so far. We have identified two acres from that land for the new mart,” Oraon said.
Two months ago, the Board announced plans of setting up a one-stop multi-storied market for vegetables and agricultural needs in Doranda. It was conceptualised on public-private mode and tenders for the same were floated in March this year. However, not too many envisaged interest in the project.
“Not many players came forward but the project is still on as we have already purchased 1.23 acres for it,” an undeterred Oraon said.
He added that the board had asked two local firms to come with their own designs keeping the board’s requirements in mind.
“They will submit the plan by June, after which we will take further steps,” he said.