Construction of new state-of-art kirana market to start soon at Chikhli
   Date :29-May-2022

Construction of new state of art kirana
 
 
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The proposal of building the market involving estimated cost of over Rs 225 crore is ready It will have a spacious parking space, broad internal roads, a space of at least 1000 square feet area for all the 665 occupants
 
 
The long cherished dream of shifting the existing grocery market located in the narrow lanes of Itwari and Maskasath to a state-of-the-art facility at mouza Chikhli (Deo) in East Nagpur will soon be a reality. The Nagpur Itwari Kirana Merchants Association, the body of 665 merchants, is in the advanced stage of starting construction work of the proposed market on a 16 acre land. President of the association Shiv Pratap Singh on Saturday told The Hitavada that the proposal of building the market involving estimated cost of over Rs 225 crore is ready. “We are planning to call tenders for the project by the end of June and hope to start the actual work within the next few months,” he said.
 
The association has a target to shift all the existing kirana shops in Itwari and Maskasath to the new facility by March 2025. “All the members are excited to shift to the new location as early as possible. They are all supporting us and thus we hope to complete it within the scheduled time,” he said. Architect Virendra Khare’s V K Associates has already designed a master plan of the new market with all modern facilities. It will have a spacious parking space, broad internal roads, a space of at least 1000 square feet area for all the 665 occupants, solar power system, rainwater harvesting facility, round the clock security, waste water treatment plant and other modern facilities.
 
It is important to note that the existing kirana market in the Itwari and Maskasath area lacks all such facilities because of which merchants and even the customers face hardship. As it is one of the oldest markets in the city, there is no proper space for vehicle parking. The new location at Chikhli (Deo) is at a distance of about 3.5 km from the existing Itwari-Maskasath area. It is in the vicinity of the Kalamna market yard and thus the merchants have no fears of losing the customers. It was in 2004, the State Government had allotted the land to the associations and asked the merchants to shift their shops to the new place.
 
However, for the reasons best known to the office-bearers of the association, the project could not see light of the day till November 2020 when The Nagpur Itwari Kirana Merchants Association officially did the registry of the land. Shiv Pratap Singh said Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari played a crucial role in finalising the long pending project.