Market complex inaugurated for vendors and hawkers at Polo

Shillong, Aug 13: A shopping complex managed by the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) at Polo to rehabilitate vendors of ïew Polo was inaugurated on Thursday by Urban Affairs minister, Hamletson Dohling.

Health and family welfare minister, A.L Hek, North Shillong MLA, Adelbert Nongrum, and other officials were present.

Sanctioned during 2010-11 at Rs. 21.41 crore, the market complex has been built over an area of 3000 square meters and housed a total of 297 stalls and a food court. The project was implemented by the National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited.

Speaking on the occasion, Urban Affairs Ainister Dohling termed the inauguration of the market complex as a “fulfillment of a long awaited need”.

He said that though the project was sanctioned in the year 2010-11, hurdles such as litigation filed by the vendors and untimely disbursement of funds resulted in the project being stalled for such a long period.

Dohling also mentioned that the Government has followed up on a number of pending projects under the Urban Affairs Department which has resulted in the completion of composting plants in Tura and Nongpoh and also the ISBT in Tura.

He further added that the process of replacement of the incinerator at Marten ground and the setting up of common bio-medical waste treatment and disposal facilities are in progress. Besides these, an amount of Rs 75 crore has also been sanctioned for the construction of a new polo market adjacent to the new market complex and is expected to be completed in the next three years.

Health Minister Hek said that the Market Complex was the first step in the beautification process of Polo market and exhorted all stakeholders to shoulder the responsibility to keep the market and its surroundings clean.

Deeds of agreement and shop keys were also handed over to a few of the shopkeepers by Dohling and Hek during the function.