People rush here to buy for the kitchen

A peep into early morning markets in Chikkaballapur; popularity and problems
Last Updated 30 October 2010, 18:39 IST

  The city, on the foot hills of Nandi Hills also offers varied climate and city life.

The early morning is a time when people involve in different works. For some it is the time to jog while for students it is the time to study and ready themselves to go schools or colleges and for old and other people it is time to enjoy the blissful nature. While for some others it is the time to earn money.

Early business

The time from 5 am to 11 am is time when traders, farmers, women and even children from villages around the city bring their produce to sell them at the circle in front of CMC.
The daily fair lasts only for few hours and by the time other activities begin, the traders, farmers and women head home with their earnings.

The temporary market offers fruits, vegetables, flowers, milk and other farm fresh produce which are purchased by traders, retailers who come from different parts of district apart from ordinary people.

However, the signs of market fades away by 11 am giving away to different phase of city life. The activity continues next day.

Rushing to buy

So popular is the market that people arrive in two-wheelers and four-wheelers to buy the produce.

“The CMC has pressurised us many times to change the market location. It had also provided place and facilities elsewhere. But the business was not as good as this place. Hence, we shifted back to this place,” said a trader.

He added that the business at the CMC circle gave better returns than Sante Market Road (permanent shandy), a business hub of Chikkaballapur.

Some of the produce sold here are onions, tomatoes, potatoes, okra, fenugreek leaves and others.

Another reason for the market’s popularity among the buyers is the ability to bargain. The buyers include people who would buy the produce to last for a week while there are others  who would buy the produce to last for a day, said Krishnaswamy, a government employee.

Problems to solve

However, the daily market comes with its woes. The waste from the daily market like, rotten vegetables, fruits and others are dumped on the place by the traders and farmers leading to stench and pollution.

Further, the animals which are attracted to eat the waste strew them around dirtying the place.

Steps should be taken to maintain cleanliness in the place by the authorities concerned and traders should warned against dumping the rotten produce, expressed some of the residents.

(Published 30 October 2010, 18:39 IST)

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