Construction of a new state-of-the-art kirana market will soon begin in Chikhli

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Market construction proposal involving an estimated cost of over Rs 225 crore is ready It will have spacious parking space, wide internal roads, space of at least 1000 square feet for all 665 occupants

The long-cherished dream of moving 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 eastern Nagpur will soon be a reality. The Nagpur Itwari Kirana Merchants Association, the body of 665 merchants, is at an advanced stage of starting work on the construction of the proposed market on a 16-acre plot. Association chairman Shiv Pratap Singh told The Hitavada on Saturday that the proposal to build the market involving an estimated cost of over Rs 225 crore is ready. “We expect to launch tenders for the project by the end of June and hope to start the actual works in the coming months,” he said.

The association aims to move all existing kirana shops in Itwari and Maskasath to the new location by March 2025. “All members are excited to move to the new location as soon as possible. They are all supporting us and so we hope to finish it on schedule,” he said. VK Associates by architect Virendra Khare has already designed a master plan for the new market with all modern facilities. It will have spacious parking, wide internal roads, at least 1000 square feet of space for all 665 occupants, solar power system, rainwater harvesting facility, 24 hour security, sewage treatment plant and other modern facilities.

It is important to note that the existing kirana market in Itwari and Maskasath region lacks all these facilities due to which traders and even customers face difficulties. 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 approximately 3.5 km from the existing Itwari-Maskasath area. It is close to the Kalamna market, so traders are not afraid of losing their customers. It was in 2004, the state government allocated the land to the associations and asked the merchants to move their shops to the new place.

However, for reasons best known to association officials, the project could not see the light of day until November 2020, when the Nagpur Itwari Kirana Merchants Association officially registered the land. Shiv Pratap Singh said Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari played a crucial role in finalizing the long-awaited project.

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