The 135-year-old Monda Market in Secunderabad would be modernised by providing necessary infrastructure and extending better facilities to the vendors and traders, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said.
The chief minister along with deputy chief minister Mahmood Ali, home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy, commercial taxes minister T Srinivas Yadav and other officials inspected the Monda Market on Saturday and interacted with the vendors to know their problems and grievances.
The chief minister, who went around the market, found the place in a complete disarray without proper sanitation. Rao noticed that majority of the vendors were keeping the vegetables on the ground which was filled with filth and waste.
Monda Market is approximately 500 metres from Secunderabad railway station. Constructed in 1880, most of the shops were in a dilapidated condition. The vendors complained to the CM about the lack of water and toilet facilities.
Yadamma, a vegetable vendor, explained to him the difficulties being faced by them. The meat vendors also wanted the government to improve the meat section and see that proper sanitation is maintained.
He asked the GHMC officials to ensure upkeep of the Monda Market which needs regular cleansing and fogging operations to get rid of mosquitoes and possible spread of diseases. He also directed the GHMC officials to make arrangements for providing water and toilet facilities at the earliest.
He said he would come back to the market to inspect the works of modernisation. The government has some plans in mind but would like to discuss with the officials before making a formal announcement, the chief minister said.
The market has two blocks and is spread over 26,230 sq.mt including built up area of 13,712 sq.mt. The market has 380 shops which includes general and kirana shops, fish, poultry and meat stalls.
Source: The New Indian Express