Rourkela, December 4 (LocalWire): The Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) will be inaugurating a market complex dedicated to the local self help groups (SHG) at Koelnagar on Thursday.
The market complex, Shakti Bazar, which aims to help the SHGs sell products made by the groups, is the brainchild of local MLA Sarada Nayak and is being implemented by the RMC to strengthen the local economy.
According to sources, the place was developed just before the Rath Yatra and was meant for the local people to sell their products.
However, the market did not take off despite all basic facilities and later the RMC decided to hand it over to the SHGs to provide them a place for market access.
“We floated a tender to invite the SHGs and received 52 proposals.
Since the market complex has space for only 44 groups, the SHGs will be accommodated on a rotational basis,” RMC deputy commissioner Sudhanshu Bhoi said.
“There is no restriction on what they sell as long as the product is made by them and this invitation is for all SHGs from across the district,” Bhoi stated.
The SHGs will be allotted the space for two months on a rotation basis, he said, adding that, “We are allowing 44 SHGs, but if a group leaves the place then others will be accommodated.
This has been decided initially but it may change with the course of time.”
The bazar will remain open from 10 AM to 10 PM and there are shades and shutters at the market complex so that the groups can store their products there.