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Veg mart eyes August debut
- Two-storey market to come up at Madhukam-Khadgarha

Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) mayor Rama Khalkho on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of a mega vegetable mart in the heart of the city that is likely to provide spaces to nearly 480 vendors to sell their wares.

The much-awaited mart, which will come up at Madhukam-Khadgarha area near Sukhdeo Nagar police station, is likely to be up and running within six months. The project will be implemented by Ranchi-based RS Agarwal Infratech, which has promised to commence construction work with a week or so. The state urban development department has sanctioned Rs 1.67 crore for the project.

ďWe are happy that we will finally be allotted space in a concrete building to sell our vegetables. We usually relied on temporary tents till now that we used to set up in the open to do business. Things got difficult for us during the monsoon or under the scorching sun,Ē said Krishna Sao, one of the many vendors who will be allotted space at the new mart.

Sources said a number of vegetable vendors like Sao usually put up makeshift stalls on a one-acre plot of Ranchi Municipal Corporation at Sukhdeonagar, after being relocated from near Kishori Yadav Chowk nearly two-decades ago.

Around five months ago, the vendors had willingly pulled down their tents from the plot to make space for the civic body officials to formally start the process of construction of the mart. The civic body had also given the vendors permission to operate from an alternate plot till the mart came up.

According to plans, the mart will be housed in a double-storey building complete with toilet and drinking water facility for the vendors as well as the shoppers. The mart will be the first such vegetable market in Ranchi that operates out of a concrete building.

ďOnce the agency hands over the mart to us, we will start allotting rooms to vendors,Ē said Naresh Sinha, public relations officer of RMC.

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