The smart vegetable market developed by Hubballi-Dharwad Smart Cities (HDSCL) in Bengeri, which spans three acres, is set to open soon. More than 250 vendors can be accommodated at the market, which cost Rs 7 crore to build, and more than 30 cars and 50 two-wheelers can be comfortably parked at the centre.
More than 110 shops have been built at the market, known as the Shanivara Santhe, under a tensile roof, with separate lavatories for men and women. A 7.5 m wide road will make it easier for motorists to navigate the market and find parking.
CW Shakeel Ahmed, managing director of HDSCL, has said to complete all outstanding work by the first week of January.
Ahmed said that the market had been designed in such a way that it could be used for other purposes on any given day of the week, except Saturday, when it would only be used by vegetable and fruit vendors.
HDSCL deputy general manager Basavaraj told the media that work on the market began in the middle of 2019. According to Johnson, a banker who lives in Shanti Colony, the Shanivara Santhe should be inaugurated as soon as possible.
Activist Ramesh S told the media that the authorities must enforce market hygiene. The market appears to be equipped with cutting-edge technology, and authorities must deploy personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep the place clean.