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Updated January 17th, 2013, 04:34 PM IST

Vendors want facilities, central veggie market toilet reopened – The Times of India

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 11:17 AM and last modified on January 17th, 2013 at 4:34 pm.

Central market vendors have alleged that the public toilet at the market has been shut for the past 10 days and hence more than 5,000 vendors as well as shoppers have had to suffer.

“The Integrated Central Vegetable Market at Mattuthavani here, set up to decongest the city, has been functioning from September 1, 2010. The complex was constructed at a cost of Rs 13 crore. However, it has two public toilets, which were being operated by political functionaries. As they had not renewed their lease, they were defunct,” said vendors C Murugan.

He also alleged the city corporation was not keen on setting up a separate toilet for women.

“Before being shifted to Mattuthavani, the Madurai district central vegetable market was operating at North Chittirai street, which caused heavy traffic congestion. Vehicles transporting vegetables brought from Tirunelveli, Theni, Usilampatti and Oddanchatram market used to ply in and out of the market, causing congestion. The corporation, however, did not set up a proper parking facility for vendors, and hence it proved a great setback for loading and unloading operations, said another vendor SP Tamil Selvan.

He said the city police should set up an outpost in Central market because more than Rs.10 crore worth business is transacted every day. Vendors fear transferring money during night time. Most vegetables come to the market in the early hours of the day.

One of the customers, S Selvan Shivkumar, said the market bus stop was 1 km away from the main entrance of the market and hence the corporation should set up a bus stop nearby.

Another vendor, K Kulandaivel, said vendors had been paying rent ranging from Rs. 750 to Rs. 2,000 per shop, but the corporation had failed to provide drinking water all. “The corporation has set up five water tanks at the market but they are not being filled with water regularly,” he said.

“The central market has 260 big shops, 300 mid-sized shops and 2,000 hawkers. The lessees feel the corporation has failed to provide them essential amenities and shortly plan to submit a memorandum to the chief minister seeking action,” he said.

Madurai corporation commissioner S Natarajan told TOI he was not aware about the shutdown of the public toilet in Central market.

“I have promised that it will function from Wednesday. If people bring such issues to our notice, we will take action within 24 hours”, he said.

Source: The Times of India

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