A major and a vital decision by the district administration has brought a sign of relief to the people of Trichy. The district administration has announced a Ban on heavy vehicles entering the Gandhi market from the first of June carrying fruits and other vegetables. After a detailed consultation with the corporation and City police authorities, the district administration has announced this move, which would ultimately make the traders to shift their place from Gandhi market to the newly built market complex at kallikudi, few kilo metres away from the city on the Trichy-Madurai main road.
After a long wait for the shift of the Gandhi market which is situated in the heart of the city causing heavy traffic jam and congestion in the city, the main cause of the problem was due to the heavy vehicles entering the market even in the peak hours floating the restrictions applied for the entry of heavy vehicles. Moreover, the heavy vehicles carrying fruits and vegetables to the market are found parked in haphazard manner in all the roads leading to the market.
Hence the Ban on entry of heavy vehicles from June 1 has made the traders to shift their place to the kallikudi market complex. Now the district administration have started issuing application forms for the shops in the market complex, which could accommodate 330 shops in the ground floor and 500 shops in the first floor. After receiving the filled in applications, the selection and scrutinizing committee constituted by the district administration would select and allot space for the traders at the earliest.
It has been seen as a wise and apt gesture by the district administration to clear the congestion and traffic caused by the vehicles and the market space, though many feel the discomfort of this shift which would affect the sales. Moreover, the traders feel that, if the shops are shifted to the outskirts of the city, only a very few will be able to travel such a long distance for the purchase of vegetables and fruits.