The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) plans to set up two more market-cum-community halls in New Town — at AC Block and CE Block. At present, NKDA runs 10 markets across the township.
NKDA officials said the spots have been identified and authorities have started the process of engaging an agency to construct the complexes. An estimate of Rs 7 crore and a deadline of nine months have been set.
Residents said there has been a demand for markets in the blocks. “CE Block is one of the biggest in New Town but does not have a market. The nearest market is in CB Block. This is a welcome initiative by NKDA,” said Ankur Roy Chowdhury, a resident of CE Block.
NKDA has already initiated a scheme to make all NKDA-run markets plastic free, starting from CB Block market. The authorities also plan to set up a G+1 market complex on a one-acre plot to rehabilitate street vendors and hawkers who have encroached on the pavements at present.
Locals said the markets in New Town have proper lighting and air-condition systems, but regular monitoring and inspection were needed to check whether everything, including fire safety arrangements, were in place. NKDA has been keeping watch on whether Covid-safety protocol is followed in the markets as well.
Source: Times of India