Pune: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar has assured the Federation of Trade Associations of Pune (FATP) that he will mediate and ask the state government to consider their demand of decentralising and relocating the wholesale market outside city limits by giving a few thousand acres land to create a 'market hub'.
The FATP conducted a meeting on the wholesale market relocation issue, which was attended by Pawar too. FATP President Fattechand Ranka, Vitthalsheth Maniyar and 28 other representatives were present for the meeting. Pawar addressed mediapersons after the meeting concluded.
Pawar said, "Coronavirus outbreak has impacted the whole world. In India, some states have been affected more than others. Pune is an important city for industrial, educational and information technology sectors. It is also known as an important node for other businesses. These businesses are also suffering due to COVID-outbreak and mostly because they are located in the core city areas. The FATP has demanded decentralisation and relocation of this market and they require a few thousand acres of land outside the city limits."
"The FATP has demanded that the new market hub should be along the proposed ring road and should have metro connectivity also. It should have proper civic amenities like water, road and drainage systems. The employees working in this hub should have residential quarters," Pawar said.
Pawar said that he will discuss this issue with the guardian minister of Pune district and other officials. "I don't think the FATP has identified any specific location and it won't be possible for them to do so. The revenue department will be competent to find a suitable location for the new market hub. The FATP is meeting Vikram Kumar - the Chief Executive Officer of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) - on Wednesday (July 8). We will wait and see whether PMRDA has any proposal for the same," Pawar said while answering a question from journalists.
On the issue of power bills, Pawar said, "I will talk to the concerned government ministry and officials about the inflated power bills received by the traders even when their shops were shut during the lockdown period."