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One stop for groceries & movies

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 30: Residents of Saheed Nagar will now be able to buy grocery, clothes and watch movies at the same complex.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation today allotted shops and open platforms to vendors at the five-storey Bhawani market complex. In the first phase, the civic body today allotted 47 shops and 46 platforms on the eve of the Local Self-government Day, which will be observed tomorrow. The private partner in the project, Bhawani Constructions Private Limited, has constructed 81 shops (120sqft each) and 218 platforms (36sqft each), a civic body official said.

The market complex, which became operational in 2012 in the public-private partnership mode, has been built over six lakh square feet. The mall has a Cineplex, along with a shopping complex and corporate offices.

“We will now get everything under one roof and not have to go to various markets to buy so many things,” said Sipra Mohanty, a home-maker.

“The municipal corporation should take care of sanitation in the market complex,” said Nayan Ranjan Das, a regular at the shopping mall.

The market complex was built where the Saheed Nagar daily market earlier stood. Of the 400 vendors evicted for the project, 300 would be rehabilitated on the ground floor in the first phase.

“The civic body should expedite the process of allotment of remaining shops and pindis,” said All-Odisha Street Vendors' Association president Pratap Sahu.

The municipal corporation today inaugurated nine projects, including a water fountain at Airport Square, a welcome gate at Nayapalli, two multipurpose community centres at Raghunath Nagar and Shastri Nagar and a crematorium at Dumduma. Besides, the corporation also laid foundation stones for two recreation centres for senior citizens at Jayadev Vihar and Shree Vihar at Patia.

A civic official said a number of projects would be dedicated to residents of the city tomorrow. These include a gymnasium at Kapileswar and LED street lights from BJB College to Samantarapur on the NH-203.