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  Metros   Mumbai  18 Aug 2017  Navalkar market awaits redevelopment for 9 years

Navalkar market awaits redevelopment for 9 years

THE ASIAN AGE. | AISHWARYA NAIR
Published : Aug 18, 2017, 1:08 am IST
Updated : Aug 18, 2017, 1:08 am IST

The vendors say rain water leaks through, damaging the stock.

The Navalkar market when The Asian Age visited it.
 The Navalkar market when The Asian Age visited it.

Mumbai: The redevelopment of the Navalkar municipal market at Jogeshwari east has been on hold for nine years now. According to a BMC official, the delay has been caused due to the market not being registered in the property card. The market houses 180 vegetable and fruit and 51 fish stalls.    

The Nalvalkar market came into existence 71 years ago, and is located next to the Jogshwari railway station. A majority of stall owners are upset as the civic body has done very little to develop the space in the past nine years. “It has been five years since I am running my business here and during the monsoon season, it becomes very difficult to manage as the rain water makes its way through the broken roof and spoils our stock. Most of the times, we have to spend from our own pockets to save our stocks,” said Mohhamed Kaiser, a vegetable vendor in the market.

 

When The Asian Age visited the spot, we found that only the fish market area and the front portion of the stalls were roofed under metal shades while the rest of the market was deprived of any such facility. “The BMC came and developed a part of the market this year but more than 80 per cent of the market is yet to be developed,” said Vishwanath Kheur, a fish stall owner.

A BMC official revealed that the market is yet to be registered on the property card, which is why the redevelopment is stalled. Many similar properties are stuck in line for redevelopment work due to the same reason. “I don’t know about the property card issue, but we have appointed a consultant to chart out plans for redeveloping the market. It may take upto eight months to float tenders for redevelopment,” said Sanjay Kurhade, assistant municipal commissioner (Markets). 

 

Tags: bmc, navalkar municipal market
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)