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Market gift for Bokaro

- Steel plant to build permanent complex at Sector V

In another two months, Bokaro steel city will boast a sprawling market complete with all basic facilities and 500 permanent shops selling everything from fruits to fish.

Bokaro steel plant has taken up the onus to construct the single-storeyed permanent market complex on a three-acre plot in Sector V, where a bi-weekly haat currently sits every Saturday and Wednesday. The steel plant’s town administration department, which is spending Rs 50 lakh on the project, began ground levelling work at the site next to the main road with two excavators on Tuesday.

Equipped with basic infrastructure like toilets, drinking water kiosks, power connection, restrooms and even concrete roads between the shops so that customers don’t have to brave puddles and muck during rainy season, the market will mainly accommodate the vendors, who do business at the haat. Other vendors can also get space after filing applications with the town administration department.

“The market will have the capacity to accommodate around 500 vendors selling vegetables, fruits, fish, chicken and mutton. Work has begun and the ground is being currently levelled with mud and sand. If all goes according to plans, the market complex will be ready in two months, which means that the vendors will have a concrete roof above their heads before monsoon,” said Bokaro steel plant’s chief of communications Sanjay Tewary.

He further elaborated that the plant management has decided to organise the vendors of the steel city by building concrete trading blocks for them in three areas — Sector V, Sector IX and Dundibagh, where a market currently operates illegally.

“This (the Sector V market) is the first phase of our project,” Tewary said.

The plant has already prepared a blueprint to settle the vendors, who have been putting their stalls at the bi-weekly market since the past two decades, at the new complex. “They will be first registered and then provided with power connection,” Tewary added.

At present, the steel hub has no permanent market. The residents are largely dependent on the bi-weekly haat that remains open from 8am till 10pm, while on other days, they either go to Chas or Dundibagh, which is more than 11km from Sector XI and 8km from Sector IX and Sector VIII.

But since a long time, vendors of Sector V have been demanding a permanent set-up, even agreeing to pay taxes. Having no authoritative sanction, the stalls draw power from private generators. Doing business becomes especially difficult in the summer heat while monsoon makes the place dirty and mucky.