Corpn locates three places for weekly Amma markets
Greater Chennai Corporation has finalised three locations to set up the city’s inaugural Amma weekly markets. Besides a strip of land near Mint flyover, Arumbakkam (near Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board office) and Kotturpuram (near Varasiddhi Vinayakar temple) will play host to the market that will feature products manufactured by government-aided and selfhelp groups from across Tamil Nadu.
Sources told TOI that mayor Saidai S Duraisamy was keen to get as many of his council announcements off the ground before the end of his term. The election to the corporation council will be held in October. “There has been a fillip from the Mayor’s office post the state assembly election. He instructed us to push through with Amma brand projects,“ said an official.
After initially looking out for a five-acre plot, it ap pears that the corporation has settled for much less ground space judging by the locations chosen for the inaugural market.
Officials said plans were gathering pace but it was difficult to fix a time frame on the launch because of organisation-related issues. “It’s the first attempt of its kind for us and this is not our area of specialisation. We have to coordinate with at least 10 government departments before we have a proper idea,“ a senior official said.
The market may not be expansive in its set-up as envisioned by the Mayor.“What we are trying to do is to provide a platform for small manufacturers to display their products in the hope that they can attract customers. There will be no middlemen involved,“ the official added.
But Ripon Buildings administrators are keen on Amma theatres, another of Mayor Duraisamy’s Amma brand statemements, coming up. After scouting locations in T Nagar and Mogappair among others, it appears that easibility of the project have fallen drastically to the point where it is now considered a non-starter.
“We had sent draft proposals to the government but there has been no word back on it,“ an official said.