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Dismantling of old shops in New Market underway

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Jan 18, 2024 10:32 pm
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Workers engaged in dismantling a section of shops in Dimapur’ New Market on Thursday. (EM Images)

DIMAPUR — The process of dismantling a section of shops in Dimapur’s bustling New Market, opposite the recently constructed parking lot, commenced on Jan. 17.

When contacted, Administrator of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), W Manpai Phom, told Eastern Mirror that some of the dilapidated buildings housing some 200- odd shops would be dismantled, to give way to a new multi-storied shopping complex.

The administrator said that at present, the DMC is focusing on completing construction of the ground floor of the complex within a year. Manpai also informed that after completion of the ground floor, the present old allottees will be accommodated in the new building.

While detail estimates for the upper floors are still pending, he said a five-storied structure, aligned with the parking lot, is under consideration and that the new complex will encompass essential basic amenities and provisions including toilets, stairs and proper drainage.

On the shifting of shopkeepers affected by the ongoing dismantling work, Phom said a committee of allottees has been constituted and that the DMC, in coordination with the committee, will work on the re-allotment process.

When asked about the vacant space above the parking lot, the DMC administrator explained that its utilisation depends on demand, and added that many structures remain unoccupied due to traders’ strong preference for ground floor spaces.

One of the affected traders, a fruit vendor who has been running his stall for 32 years, said that he has not been able to secure an alternative location so far.

He also disclosed that the proposed lottery system for allotment of shops post-construction of the complex, adds uncertainty as business depends on location.

Another small-time flower pot seller said that he has arranged an alternative shop for the time being. He however expressed apprehension as to when the new building will be completed and whether he will be allotted the same location post-construction.

A fast-food hotel owner, who renovated his joint before the COVID-19 lockdown, faces additional challenges as his shop is set to be dismantled and he is still searching for a new location to run his business.

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Jan 18, 2024 10:32:35 pm
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