Trichy: In what that appears to be an attempt to delay relocation of Gandhi market, Trichy Corporation has identified a new contractor to collect the monthly rent from shopkeepers for three years starting from April 1 (Monday), indicating that the relocation may not happen till 2022. Citing frequent traffic congestion at the market, the state government in 2014 had decided to relocate it by establishing an integrated market at Kallikudi. After passing legal hurdles and structural changes, it was inaugurated in June 2018.
However, the market till now remains unoccupied as traders resist to utilise the Rs 77 crore facility citing the market is too far away from the city. Gandhi market relocation is one of the key demands of Trichiites ahead of the Lok Sabha election. The new contractor can collect monthly rent from traders till March 31, 2022. “Traders should relocate their business for the development of Trichy. The same market can be redeveloped with better facilities including parking so that traders can occupy after renovation,” said Subash Chandran, a resident of Woraiyur. Even as the rent of shops in Gandhi Market has been revised by the new contractor, traders have not objected to the hike as their objective is to prevent the relocation bid at any cost.
“The relocation may get delayed but we have made provisions in the contract to terminate the agreement of lease any time with the identified contractor,” an official source with the Trichy Corporation said. Though civic body maintains that they have not shelved the relocation, people are quite upset about the inordinate delay persisting in decongesting the market vicinity.