Published On : Wed, Sep 13th, 2017

Lost Glory : Sitabuldi flower market stinks with apathy

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Nagpur: The flower market in Sitabuldi, popularly known as fool bazaar in Nagpur has been lying in shambles filled with stink, stench and a full mess up, thanks to the apathy of the administration. Gross mismanagement prevails in and around the market which has now diminished its glory. The garbage pile at the market stinks so badly that it creates a hell lot of inconvenience around the locality. A deep pit has been formed near the garbage pile in the market which is posing serious threat to the security of passersby. Recently, a rickshaw fell into the pit and overtuned. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident but the situation cannot be left on fortune everytime.

The flower market once used to flourish in all its glory which was among the most popular markets in Vidarbha and neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Set up in 1995, the market has now turned a bane for the traders operating there. While the traders have to batte the stink all day long, the buyers have to struggle through great deal of inconvenience in order to make their purchase.

AC flower market a far fetched dream
The traders at flower market are still awaiting the establishment of air conditioned flower market near Ganeshpeth bus stand, to be set up by Agriculture Produce Market Committee, Nagpur. So far all the tall claims made in this regard turned out to be a mere fluke.

Arun Waghulkar, a trader at flower market informed that the the market was first set up in Cotton Market in 1947. Later it was shifted at exhibition ground in front of Jaishri cinema and then again moved to Sitabuldi, its current location in 1995. Even as 23 years have passed, there has been no improvement in the condition of market. A weekly vegetable, curd and fish market is also conducted through the same place, which only adds to the mess, he said.

The garbage from everywhere in the vicinity including hotels, markets and connecting 2-3 wards are brought and dumped here, the trader said. The garbage then piles up and scatter across the area, spreading up to pathways.
The traders have demanded immediate shifting of flower market from the place.

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