Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Wednesday inaugurated Smart Fruit Market, the city’s first initiative under the Smart City Mission, at Mattuthavani.
The market, spread across an area of 8.2 acres, was built at a cost of Rs. 21.7 crore, said District Collector S. Natarajan at the inauguration.
With cement roads, compound wall, underground drainage system, streetlights with LED bulbs, storm water drains and water supply lines with sumps and overhead tanks, there would be a total of 240 shops in the premises. A large parking space to accommodate inflow of lorries and trucks into the market. The shopowners would be assigned QR codes to calculate the property tax dues.
A. Muruganandham, secretary, Madurai Fruit Commission Traders Association, said the fruit market in Simmakkal and Yanaikkal areas were the main causes for traffic congestion in the area. Despite its rich history, the move to Mattuthavani would help in clearing space and decongesting the area.
MLA V.V. Rajan Chellappa, District Collector and Corporation Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar later inspected the premises.
The Commissioner had earlier stated that the smart market would be a model for other markets across the Tamil Nadu thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities. The shopkeepers would move into the market in a week’s time.
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