The six year long wait of the Onion-Potato traders at the Mumbai Agricultural Produce Market Committee (MAPMC) located at Turbhe for renovation of their rundown kiosks has finally come to an end. In the recently held meeting of the APMC board of directors, a proposal for revamping the entire onion-potato market premises with provisions for the state-of-the-art infrastructure of international standard including spacious vehicle parking lots, administrative building, auction hall and a four-storeyed building having multiple packing centres for the exporters and wholesale traders was approved. The revamped market will have the best of facilities for the traders and hence they should not fall prey to the rebels who are trying to create trouble in the functioning of the MAPMC administration for reasons best known to them, probably due to political conflicts prevailing in the market. The reconstruction of the market will however be done on BOT (Build-Operate-and-Transfer) basis, which has resulted in Unity Construction, which was allotted the contract earlier, appealing to the court against the decision of the new MAPMC board of directors. While it might be engulfed in controversy, the traders are now rejoicing over the decision of the revamp. As of now in the onion-potato market there are six buildings comprising 234 kisoks and in spite of the NMMC declaring the onion-potato market structure as dangerous, the traders are risking their lives by continuing to conduct daily business here. Anil More NMTV News.
July 19, 2006