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318/365 – KWMC

Koyambedu boasts of having one of Asia’s largest perishable goods market complex called the “Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC)”.

The KWMC spreads over an area of 295 acres (1.19 km2). Inaugurated in 1996, the KWMC consists of more than 1,000 wholesale shops and 2,000 retail shops.

It abuts Poonamalee High Road and Nesapakkam Road and can be easily accessed from all parts of City. In Phase-I, the Wholesale Market for Perishables have been developed in an area of around 70 acres (280,000 m2) by constructing 3,194 shops.

The market has two blocks for vegetable shops and one each for fruit and flower shops. In Phase-II, a textile market and in Phase-III, a food grain market is planned to be developed in the complex.

The food grain market will be built on a seven to eight acres of land belonging to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, adjacent to the Koyambedu fire service station and opposite the vegetable market, and will have about 500 shops.

The market has over 100,000 visitors daily.   The Basic Infrastructure and Amenities Promotion Committee has approved an allocation of Rs.336.3 million for augmentation and maintenance of the infrastructure, including stormwater drain network, in the market complex.

The Market Management Committee will carry out the work which includes creation of new stormwater drains over 9 km long, widening of roads and concretisation of a 350-m road connecting Gates 7 and 14, which is being used by heavy vehicles to carry perishables to the market complex.

A bio-methanation plant at the market complex set by Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority was inaugurated in 2006 at a cost of 55 million to generate power from vegetable and fruit waste collected from the wholesale market.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koyambedu#Koyambedu_Wholesale_Market_Complex_.28KWMC.29

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