The Tiruchi City Corporation plans to revive the proposal to move the flower market from Sathara Veedhi to North Devi Street in Srirangam.
Since the existing flower market on Sathara Veedhi impedes the flow of car traffic, the civic body passed a resolution in 2008 to move it to North Devi Street, where a bus stop operated. He then allocated ₹4 crore to build a new integrated market for flower vendors. A temporary shed was subsequently fitted out. However, the project could not take off due to the change of government in 2011. The project was again revived and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who was elected to the State Assembly in Srirangam constituency in 2011, laid the foundation for the integrated flower market. . The project had not started this time too.
The Company has again decided to relaunch the project. As a prelude to drafting a Detailed Project Report (DPR), Minister of Municipal Administration KN Nehru accompanied by Collector Mr. Pradeep Kumar, Mayor Mr. Anbazhagan and Commissioner R. Vaithinathan visited the proposed site and had a detailed discussion with them.
Sources within the Company said The Hindu that the proposed site was sufficient to accommodate all wholesale and retail flower merchants. The company-owned site, where the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) operated, could also be used, if necessary, for the construction of a new flower market. All flower market activities could operate under one roof once the new market is built. The estimated cost of the project and the number of stores would be known once the DPR is prepared.
V. Jawahar, Councilor representing Ward 3, who underscored the importance of reviving the project at the company’s recent council meeting, said the new market will reduce traffic congestion on Sathara Veedhi and its adjoining streets. Providing more space, as well as cold storage facilities for traders, would help them increase their business volume.