Construction of Ukhrul women's market in full swing

Despite much dubiety, construction work of the new women's market complex at Ukhrul district headquarters is going on in a full-fledged manner to meet the December deadline.

Construction of this two-storey women's market complex, which is being executed under the supervision of Manipur Police Housing Corporation (MPHC) at Phungreitang bazar, began in June last, though Chief Minister N Biren had announced Rs 10 crore for the facility during his maiden visit to the hill district in April this year.

While the public are skeptical about the December target set for completion of the ongoing works owing to the delay, construction agencies are apparently confident of meeting the deadline.

Interacting with The People's Chronicle, a supervisor on the condition of anonymity, said that the construction activities are going on smoothly and that they could complete the works within December as fixed by the government.

On being queried about the delay in commencement of the work, the official said that it was only due to inclement weather and there has been no hindrances on the work from any quarters.

Updating on the progress of the construction, he said "We have so far covered about 45 per cent of the work," while stating that works pertaining to room filling of the ground floor and pillar erection have been completed and that slab beam reinforcement and casting of staircase is in progress.

"We are setting a target to complete the laying of slab beam and concrete floor shell of the first floor by November 25 and December 10 respectively," the official informed and added that they are confident about meeting the December deadline.

The upcoming market complex having a dimension of 180 ft long and 50 ft wide will have mosaic tiled floors and tin roof. When completed, it will have 130 open commercial slots at the ground floor and 80 enclosed stalls on the first floor to accommodate women vendors in the town.

According to the construction agencies, the market facility will also have four ladies' toilets and 3 gents' toilets, apart from an underground water reservoir which will come up within the campus.

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