November 28, 2022

Temporary establishment of a wholesale flower market

A section of Koyambedu wholesale flower merchants is set to move into a dedicated space in Vanagaram on Monday.

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority has identified a five-acre site belonging to the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments in Vanagaram.

Wholesale and retail traders receive application forms from the Koyambedu Market Management Committee (MMC) for the allocation of space in the temporary markets to be set up at different locations in the city.

For more than three months the flower vendors have been operating from 24 locations including Maduravoyal, Madhavaram and Vadapalani as there was no dedicated space for them.

The Chennai Koyambedu Flowers Wholesale Merchants Association recently circulated notices to members that consignments of flowers from other places would be delivered to Vanagaram Temporary Market from Sunday evening and asked them to start selling from Monday morning. . A monthly rent of ₹7.5 lakh has been set for the space.

“Insufficient space”

However, a section of wholesale flower dealers said there were about 750 members in the association and not all of them might have space.

A. Manoharan, a wholesale flower dealer, said, “We will make a decision on moving to the new space on Monday if all members have space. About 400 traders have formed groups and operate from various parts of the city.

Meanwhile, efforts were underway to identify a location for retailers who had been seeking space since the Koyambedu market complex closed in May. Apart from the vacant space at Trustpuram, space near Velachery MRTS is under consideration. Retailers would be allocated space in different areas by lottery by MMC authorities.

D. Rajasekaran, chairman of the Federation of All Traders Association of Koyambedu Market Complex, said about 1,500 retailers were affected after the market was closed. As space was planned to be allocated in batches of 250 to 300 stores, retailers were invited to apply.