Work on Bejai market complex to gain momentum

Work on Bejai market complex to gain momentum

Work on Bejai market complex to gain momentum

The work on Bejai market is likely to be accelerated and tender will be invited for the second phase of the work. The tender process is likely to commence shortly.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Ajith Hegde said that the tender will be invited to take up the work on electrification and other works.

At present, the construction of walls is being carried out, he said.

MCC Executive Engineer Jayaprakash said that the total cost of the project is Rs five crore, of which, Rs 1.75 crore has been utilised so far towards civil work.

 “The MCC has Rs one crore  and are waiting for the release of the next installment to invite tender to take up the work on wiring, plumbing and water connections. “

”The period of the completion of the building depends on the tender process,” he said.

As per the plan, the market complex will have three floors and the construction of the first floor is in progress.

Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo said that as per the government guidelines, policy decision will be taken on the allocation of stalls to the vendors at the council meeting after the completion of the market work.

The ground floor of the market will have 14 stalls.

There will be separate stalls for vegetables, fruits, flowers, an open yard for small vendors and two extra stalls.

The first floor will be bifurcated to have two levels - level 1 and 2 and will comprise of six shops for the sale of fish and meat. Second and third floors will have eight commercial office spaces.

Vendors’ woes

Vegetable, fish and meat vendors in Bejai market were shifted to the ‘temporary market’ few years ago, when the old market was demolished to give way for the new.

The temporary market is situated beside the road and is attached to the compound wall of Bejai Church and adjacent to St Francis Xavier’s Higher Primary School playground.

“We are selling vegetables, fish and meat from the temporary structure for the last several years.

Owing to lack of funds, the work on the market was moving in a snail’s pace. Now, the work has been accelerated after the funds were released last year,” said vendors.