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Ranchi: Hemant launches capital’s 1st dedicated veggie mart, and a park

Ranchi: Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi got its first dedicated vegetable and fruit market under one roof on Wednesday. Chief minister Hemant Soren inaugurated the facility built at Naga Baba Khatal opposite Raj Bhavan with an investment of Rs 10 crore dedicating it to the people of the city. Ahead of Dhanteras and Diwali festivals early next month, Soren also gifted citizens a sprawling green lungs by opening a new park in Harmu housing colony.

Both the facilities are built by Ranchi Municipal Corporation, city’s civic guardians. The vegetable mart is set up on over 40,000 square feet area. The two-storeyed market has 195 spacious counters and a basement to house at least 300 fruits and vegetable vendors. It has passages on all sides for easy entry and exit and parking bays along with a food court.

Soren said that for the first time such organized market for vegetable and fruits have been set up in the city and hoped that it would solve the problems of vehicular jams in the area due to vending activities along the road. “Maintaining this place and putting it to good use is everyone’s responsibility,” Soren urged.

Notably, the foundation stone of this vegetable market project was laid in 2017 when the Raghubar Das-led BJP government was in power. It was meant to be ready by 2020 but the project got mired in delays due alterations in design and the pandemic.

A view of the newly inaugurated park in Harmu. TNF picture

In Harmu, Soren unveiled Sadar Patel park in the housing board colony in ward number 26. It is spread on 12,687 sq feet area and made with an investment of Rs 2.5 crores. Among the facilities, the park has fountains, manicured gardens, walking trails, open gym, badminton court, tennis court, benches, sliders cafeteria and a seven feet statue of late Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

“This park was in utter neglect but I am happy that RMC and urban development department has given new lease of life by converting it into a beautiful park, which will cater to all age groups. For elders, there are separate space for yoga or just sit and relax amid the natural environs and for children too, there is enough options to play,” he said, adding that such parks are the need of the hour in every locality and towns in today’s time for workouts and breathe fresh air amid the rising trend of concretization of cities.

CM and others unveil late Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue at Harmu park. TNF picture