Dec 18, 2018
Agro traders at the Kothapet Fruit Market at Greater Hyderabad are planning shifting of the market to Koheda, situated approx 18 km away from the present one. 170 acres of land have been allotted for the new market.
Since 2009, talks of shifting the market were in progress but at slower pace. Speaking to the media, E. Venkatesham, secretary of the market said: “We are hopeful but going by the intricacies involved, it would take at least 2-3 years. To begin with, Rs.100mn is needed to construct minimal amenities like drinking, toilet and drainage facilities.”
The estimated cost to build the new market is Rs.2 to 3 billion (€25-37mn). A proposal is delayed due to the upcoming elections.
With the structure almost crumbling and construction of the metro rail has further added to the traffic hassle. The roads leading to market is often jammed due to-n-fro of trucks carrying cargo. Entry of heavy vehicles is banned during day and this is the major drawback for the exporters to reach the market. A shift of the market to Koheda will help smooth functioning of the traffic where trucks and containers can move around easily, said a trader. “The transport charges for exporters will also drop. As the market is planned on 170 acres, there will be much more parking space.” Kothapet fruit market imports fruits from different states of India as well as different countries.