To decongest roads, sub-markets in Pune city, soon: APMC

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The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) is considering establishing smaller markets outside the city to reduce traffic on city streets from tempos and trucks hauling produce. 

The APMC has requested land plots from the PMRDA and the district administration. Additionally, it intends to request plots for amenity areas from the Pune Municipal Corporation in order to establish sub-markets. Currently, fruits and vegetables are loaded and unloaded in Khadki, Manjari and Gultekdi market yards. Every day, more than 1,000 vehicles travel to these areas, increasing the number of vehicles on city highways.

An official from APMC, “The committee has reserved land at Sashte village for setting up a market. A demand has been made to reserve the land near the sub-market at Manjari for parking of vehicles transporting vegetables and foodgrains. The city roads should be only for commuters so that traffic is reduced.” 

Transporters agreed that city roads are used for transporting vegetables, fruits and food grains, adding to the traffic woes. Opening of sub-markets could decongest the roads, he said. 

It has been learnt that spaces have already been allotted for the farmers’ markets and the search for more space is on. 

Markets are needed at Bopodi, Dehu, Uruli, Tathawade, Chikhli, Wagholi, Pimpri Sandas and Perne, Manisha Pernekar, a resident of Kharadi, said. 

 “The area around Market Yard often witnesses traffic snarls owing to movement of heavy vehicles,” she added. 

Adeeba Rehman 

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