Jorhat, Oct. 15: A multi-utility complex will be constructed near Puja Dubi ghat on the bank of Bhogdoi river as part of the district administration’s effort to reduce urban rush and reach out to people outside the town area.
The administration has also decided to set up a modern AC fish market under Fishfed in the vicinity.
This was announced by Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the complex today.
Regarding a controversy in the area where a group of people who held a weekly market on the plot of land had opposed the construction, Goswami said he would not tolerate outside interference in development activities of the government.
Taking a dig at the AGP for fomenting trouble, Goswami today pledged that the people who held the market would be given a place on the 5,000 square feet ground floor area in the B block of the complex.
In this regard, he asked Jorhat Municipal Board chairman Prasanta Bora to draw up agreements so that it could be signed by individuals affected by the construction.
He stressed that those who came to sell their produce at the weekly market only would be allowed a place and they would have to furnish proof as there were “other elements which were trying to cash in on the situation and get a slot for themselves and would be dealt with harshly.”
The sellers had protested as the administration had temporarily asked them to hold the market on a vacant land at Garmur cremation grounds.
Jorhat MP B.K. Handique said the complex would cater to the needs of a number of unemployed youths.
“It was in 2004 that the then deputy commissioner Ravi Kota had proposed shifting of Station Bazar to this site because of expansion of the railway station. Youths from nearby Furkating and Golaghat used to bring their wares by train to sell here. It was for the better interest of the people that we made the shift. However, as we have everyone’s interests at heart, we will take care to solve their problems and also be able to cater to a bigger population residing in the area as the building will have a large number of shops and other facilities,” he said.
Deputy commissioner Solanki Vishal Besant said the ministry of urban development and poverty alleviation had provided the Rs 17.05-crore fund and it was initially allotted for building a market complex at Chowk Bazar.
R. Srutikar, ward commissioner, said the four-storied complex would have two blocks with an underground parking lot, shops on the ground and first floors while halls and conference halls on the top two floors.