Two years after its inauguration, Moshi market yard finally became functional with around 5 tonnes of vegetables being auctioned on the first day of trading on Saturday. To sustain the trading at the market yard, the administrators of Pune Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) are now mulling to shift the Chinchwad and Khadki fruit and vegetable markets to the area.
Dhanajay Dhoipode, Secretary, APMC, Pune, said they have asked the district deputy registrars to cancel the operating licences of traders at Chinchwad and Khadki markets so that they can move to Moshi market yard.
Constructed at a cost of over Rs 9.5 crore, the Moshi market yard on Pune-Nashik Road had been lying vacant for want of interest from traders and farmers.
The market yard, which has 159 stalls for fruits and vegetables and 70 godowns for grains, was set up for farmers – who live far away from Gultekdi market yard – to sell their produce.
However, the market yard did not find takers for a variety of reasons. While traders claimed the charges for the stalls were exorbitant, farmers pointed out to the presence of more sought after market yards like Junnar, Manchar, Rajgurunagar on the same stretch. After its inauguration, the APMC administrators made several attempts to convince Khadki and Chinchwad traders to shift to Moshi, but were not successful. Dhoipoode said there are as many as 24 traders in Khadki and four in Chinchwad.
On Friday, the board of administrators of APMC organsied a special function to inaugurate trading at the market.
Dilip Khaire, Vice Chairman, APMC, Pune, said the marketing committee should have its own area to provide facilities to traders.
“Traders at the small markets of Khadki, Bhosari and Chinchwad will be shifted to Moshi. The marketing committee has the right to designate the area where the tradings can take place,” he said.
Asked if he anticipated any opposition from the traders, he replied in the negative. Of the total 159 stalls in Moshi market yard, 157 have been rented out.
The Moshi market yard had become a political issue after the 2014 Assembly elections. While the market yard was inaugurated by the NCP leaders, independent MLA of Bhosari Mahesh Landge had held meetings with both traders and APMC officers to get the market operational. Landge had even taken up the
matter with Cooperatives Minister Chandrakant Patil.