Fire-ravaged Kalimati veg market to get Rs 110m for repair works
KATHMANDU, June 4: The Ministry of Agriculture Development (MoAD) is preparing to allocate Rs 100 million to Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board (KFVMDB) in the upcoming budget in order to repair the structure of wholesale market that was devastated by a recent fire.
The board had proposed to the ministry in the first week of March to release budget for carrying out renovation works.
Dr Hari Dahal, spokesperson of MoAD, said they have requested the finance ministry for budgetary allocation to carry out repair works at the Kalimati market.
“We will arrange fund for the purpose from the Project on Agriculture Commercialized and Trade (PACT) even if we failed to get budgetary allocation,” added Dahal.
The fire caused be electric short circuit on March 3 claimed six lives and destroyed property worth Rs 80 million. It had ravaged a few vegetable warehouses, a finance company and other structures at the market.
“We are waiting for budgetary allocation to repair structures destroyed by the fire,” Binaya Shrestha, senior planning officer at the board, said. He added that the board swung into action immediately after the fire and succeeded in resuming transactions a few days after the incident.
At present, the market, which earlier used to operate from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., opens for trading between 6 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon. There are around 200 wholesale stores in the market.
The largest vegetables wholesale market in the country receives about 700 tons of vegetables, fruits, spices and fish every day.