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Modern multi-storeyed market complex mooted

Staff Reporter

State government is toying with the idea of replacing the present Unit-1 market


Existing shopkeepers to be rehabilitated in the modern complex

A high-level meeting held recently discussed the project


BHUBANESWAR: The State government is toying with the idea of creating modern multi-storeyed market complex replacing the present cramped Unit-1 market between Rajmahal Square and AG Square in the capital city.

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has identified 1053 shops of Unit-1 market which are to be shifted to a temporary location for facilitating the construction of a new complex. The present market, which is the largest bazaar for grocery items and vegetables in the capital city, is sprawled over 3.928 acres of land.

“Shops are situated in a row with very close to each other. There is little space for buyer to move freely inside the market, leave alone the fire safety measures. We need to ensure as to how the space can be best utilised,” said BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena here on Sunday. Existing shopkeepers would be rehabilitated in the modern complex, Mr. Jena said.

At a high-level meeting held recently under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik, it was decided that BMC would continue with rehabilitation project over the two acres of land which just behind the present bazaar. The BMC would also examine and decide whether the space created through the new project would be sold or given on rent to those 1,053 shopkeepers. Besides, BMC would make a plan for redevelopment along the whole stretch starting from Rajmahal Square to AG Square instead of taking up any project in isolation. A state-of-the-art downtown corridor is also proposed to be created for the capital city after development of the complex.

Roadmap

Project Management Unit of Bhubaneswar Development Authority presented a roadmap, including project structuring, project feasibility analysis, bidding parameters, and development framework.

The BMC Mayor said, “since the plan is at very nascent stage, no estimation of investment has been made for the project. It is also not clear whether BMC will fund the project or it will be developed on public-private partnership mode.”

Sources in Housing and Urban Development Department said some government quarters might be demolished to carve out open space for the project. Besides, Mr. Jena said, the General Administration Department was requested to identify 1.2 acres of land adjacent to the Unit-1 market for creation modern complex.

BMC sources said the new complex would handle parking of vehicles which at present often covers a major portion of the road from Rajmahal Square to AG Square.

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