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Unit-I to get modern market
Council proposal awaits govt nod

Design of the proposed BMC Unit-I market

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 28: The council of the municipal corporation today adopted a resolution to construct a modern market complex adjacent to an existing one in Unit-I.

A proposal to this effect has been sent to the state government. The market complex will be constructed over 2.99 acres and will accommodate 2,000 vendors.

A senior officer of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that once the state government gives its nod to the council’s proposal to build the market and tenders are floated, it would take two years to complete the project.

The proposed market complex will be a five-storey structure with two basement floors dedicated to parking of vehicles. The three floors above the basement will consist of shops selling vegetables, groceries, household consumer durables and other products presently available at the market.

Municipal commissioner Krishan Kumar said: “Parking is a big challenge in and around the biggest and oldest market of the city. With the basement dedicated to parking, there will be no problem for the citizens depending on the market.”

At present, a portion of the busy Rajpath (from Rajmahal Square to Governor’s House) is being used to park two-wheelers and four-wheelers and this causes traffic congestion.

Shakti Prasanna Mohanty, a schoolteacher, said: “Cars parked on this stretch take up almost half of the road. The authorities must take corrective measures.”

Homemaker Linu Panda said the condition of the Unit-I Market becomes pathetic in the rainy season and in summer it turns susceptible to fire mishaps with eateries using cooking gas in lanes packed with shops.

Executive engineer of the corporation Ashok Parida said: “The complex will not be constructed on the existing Unit-I Market, but on a land nearby where now stands a government colony. The colony will be demolished to build the market.”

Already, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has accorded conditional plan approval to the design for the new Unit-I Market.

“Once all approvals, including the environmental impact assessment, are produced by the civic authorities, the BDA will give its final nod,” said a BDA official.

General secretary of the Unit-I Daily Market Traders’ Association Gayadhar Swain said: “We are co-operating with the civic authorities for development of the new market complex, but the process to demolish some of the remaining quarters is yet to be completed.”