Govt floats tenders for construction of over 70 vegetable and meat markets
Hyderabad: Construction of integrated vegetable and meat markets is gaining pace with the Public Health and Municipal Engineering Department floating tenders for execution of works for nearly 70 such markets. Since 2018, a number of gram panchayats (GPs) have been upgraded to municipalities besides adjoining GPs being merged into urban local bodies (ULBs). As a result, the number of ULBs has increased from 73 to 142.
To facilitate purchase of fresh vegetables, quality meat, fruits and flowers under one roof, the State government proposed construction of integrated vegetable and meat markets across the State. The government made a provision of Rs 500 crore for these integrated vegetable and meat markets and Rs 200 crore for Vaikunta Dhamams.
In all, 130 such markets are being planned across the State and of these tenders have been floated for nearly 70 such markets. Once the bidders are finalised and contracts are awarded, works will commence at the earliest, a senior department official told Telangana Today.
Special Site Identification committees have been formed to identify lands for the markets and after obtaining approval from Director, Municipal Administration, the District Collector will accord administrative sanction, the official explained. “The idea is to complete the construction of these markets in six months in phased manner,” the official said.
Depending on the population and availability of land, these markets will be constructed in areas ranging from one to two acres. While the markets coming up in one acre will be constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore, others will be constructed at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore. Each market will have exclusive vegetables, meat and fish, fruits and flowers stalls, which will be constructed in different sizes for the convenience of stall operators to store stocks and conduct their business comfortably.
The markets will have sufficient space for parking, drainage system, provision for cold storage facilities and they will be single-floored structures, the official said.
The front elevation of all the markets will be uniform that would enable people to identify them easily. Provisions are also being made for construction of additional floors in future for commercial purposes and generate revenue for the markets to meet operations and maintenance costs, the official informed.
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