Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex

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A view of the Koyambedu Market

Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC) is one of Asia's largest perishable goods market complex located at Koyambedu, Chennai. The market complex is spread over an area of 295 acres (1.19 km2). Inaugurated in 1996, the complex consists of about 3,100 shops,[1] including more than 1,000 wholesale shops and 2,000 retail shops. Of these, 850 are fruit shops.[2] It abuts the Poonamallee High Road and Nesapakkam Road. In Phase I, a wholesale market for perishables was developed in an area of around 70 acres (280,000 m2) by constructing 3,194 shops. The market has two blocks for vegetable shops and one each for fruit and flower shops. In Phase II, a textile market[3] and in Phase III, a food grain market[4] have been planned to be developed in the complex.

The food grain market will be built on a seven to eight acres of land belonging to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, adjacent to the Koyambedu fire service station and opposite the vegetable market, and will have about 500 shops.[5]

The market operates round the clock, with the wholesale market operating between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. and the retail market operating between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. The market receives about 100,000 visitors and 500 to 600 vehicles every day.[1]

Developments[edit]

The Basic Infrastructure and Amenities Promotion Committee has approved an allocation of 336.3 million for augmentation and maintenance of the infrastructure, including stormwater drain network, in the market complex. The Market Management Committee will carry out the work which includes creation of new stormwater drains over 9 km long, widening of roads and concretisation of a 350-m road connecting Gates 7 and 14, which is being used by heavy vehicles to carry perishables to the market complex.[6][7] The market has over 100,000 visitors daily. On an average, 1,500 lorries and other heavy vehicles come to the market every day, bringing in vegetables, fruits and flowers.[8]

In 2012, the market was declared a green complex. As part of this, about 1,000 trees were planted on the market premises. The complex will also feature a landscape with a compound wall at a cost of 25 million, rainwater harvesting structures and solar lighting.[9]

Foodgrains market[edit]

An exclusive foodgrains market, the first such facility in the state, is under construction at the market complex at a cost of 690.7 million. It is being constructed in an area of 14.41 acres next to the existing wholesale vegetable market, with provision of godowns, parking space for trucks, public toilets, cement concrete roads, solar street lights, fire-fighting system, and water supply. It is expected to be opened by mid-2014.[10] It will have about 500 shops for wholesale business of food grains, except sugar, jaggery, dry chillies, tamarind, and edible oil items.[11]

Bio-methanation plant[edit]

A bio-methanation plant at the market complex set by Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority was inaugurated in 2006 at a cost of 55 million to generate power from vegetable and fruit waste collected from the wholesale market. The Biomethanation plant has a capacity to produce 2500 unit per day with 30 Tons of Waste. The plant was operated by the Koyambedu Market Management Committee till 2008 and was put to disuse owing to machine repair. The plant was operational again from April 2011 but only for four months[12] and is awaiting Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation's (TANGEDCO) approval to supply electricity to the grid. The plant has the capacity to convert 30 tonnes of waste per day into 2,500 units daily. Of the nearly 150 tonnes of vegetable and fruit waste generated daily at the market, about 30 tonnes are segregated. A total of 1.75 acre has been allotted for composting 50 tonnes of waste. There are also plants to recycle banana stems.[13]

Parking[edit]

The market complex has a 7.46-acre open-space parking lot adjacent to the biomethanation plant, opened by the CMDA, on 5 April 2013. It has a provision to park 400 heavy vehicles at any given point in time.[8]

Transportation[edit]

Koyambedu Market is well connected by both bus and rail transportation.

Bus Transport[edit]

Normal Express Deluxe Night Mini Bus

List of MTC buses from Koyambedu Market Bus Stand

Route Number Destination Via
M70C Tambaram Koyambedu P.S, CMBT, M.M.D.A, Vadapalani, Ashok Pillar, Cipet, Kathipara, Chennai International Airport, Pallavaram, Chrompet, T.B.Sanatorium
M70C Tambaram Koyambedu P.S, CMBT, M.M.D.A, Vadapalani, Ashok Pillar, Cipet, Kathipara, Chennai International Airport, Pallavaram, Chrompet, T.B.Sanatorium
53G Padurmedu Nerkundram, Maduravoyal, Vaanagaram, Velappanchavadi, Kumunanchavadi, Poonamallee, Varadaraja Puram, Chembarambakkam, Irulapalayam.
114P Padiyanallur Koyambedu P.S, Thirumangalam, Weels India Rd.Jn., Agrakaram, Ambedkar Nagar, Madhvaram Jn., Puzhal, Kavangarai, Aayurveda Ashramam, Red Hills.
15F Broadway Koyambedu P.S, Arumbakkam, D.G.Vaishnav College, N.S.K Nagar, Aminjikarai, Taylors Road, Dasaprakash, Chennai Central.
15F Broadway Koyambedu P.S, Arumbakkam, D.G.Vaishnav College, N.S.K Nagar, Aminjikarai, Taylors Road, Dasaprakash, Chennai Central.
121A Manali Koyambedu P.S, Thirumangalam, Weels India Rd.Jn., Agrakaram, Ambedkar Nagar, Madhvaram Jn., Madhavaram P.O, Moolakadai, Madhavaram Milk Colony
121A Manali Koyambedu P.S, Thirumangalam, Weels India Rd.Jn., Agrakaram, Ambedkar Nagar, Madhvaram Jn., Madhavaram P.O, Moolakadai, Madhavaram Milk Colony
121A Manali Koyambedu P.S, Thirumangalam, Weels India Rd.Jn., Agrakaram, Ambedkar Nagar, Madhvaram Jn., Madhavaram P.O, Moolakadai, Madhavaram Milk Colony
12BET Foreshore Estate Koyambedu P.S, Chinmaya Nagar, Virugambakkam, Vadapalani B.S, Trustpuram, Bharathi Nagar, Pondy Bazaar, F.C.I Old, Luz, Santhome P.O.
17A Broadway Koyambedu P.S, Chinmaya Nagar, Virugambakkam, Vadapalani B.S, Trustpuram, Veterinary Hospital, Gemini, TVS, P.Or & Sons, Chennai Central.
46A Villivakkam Koyambedu P.S, Arumbakkam, D.G.Vaishnav College, Anna Arch, Aminjikarai P.S., Roundtana, I.C.F.
46A Villivakkam Koyambedu P.S, Arumbakkam, D.G.Vaishnav College, Anna Arch, Aminjikarai P.S., Roundtana, I.C.F.
46GET M.K.B Nagar East Koyambedu P.S, Arumbakkam, D.G.Vaishnav College, Anna Arch, Aminjikarai P.S., Roundtana, I.C.F, Kambar Arangam, Aynavaram/ Sayani, Jamalia, Perambur R.S, Vyasarpadi.
120E Kilkondaiyur Koyambedu P.S, Thirumangalam, Lucas, Ambathur Estate, Dunlop, Ambattur OT, Thirumullaivoyal, Avadi, Koilpathagai Rd.Jn., H.V.F.Main Gate, Veltech, Veerapuram, Arakkambakkam, Pandeswaram, Kadhavoor Rd.Jn.
77M Madanakuppam Koyambedu P.S, Thirumangalam, Collector Nagar, Vavin, Ambathur Estate, Dunlop, Ambattur OT, Pudur, TATA Wireless, Kallikuppam,
17B Mangadu Koyambedu P.S, CMBT, M.M.D.A., Vadapalani B.S, Virugambakkam, Valasaravakkam, Porur, Moulivakkam, Paraniputhur, Mangadu
41F Mandaiveli Koyambedu P.S, Arumbakkam, D.G.Vaishnav College, SKYWALK, Nungambakkam R.S, Valluvarkottam, D.M.S, F.C.I Old, Luz, Mylapore

Railway[edit]

Chennai Metro Rail at Koyambedu

Koyambedu Metro station is a Metro railway station on the Line 2 of the Chennai Metro, which is one terminal of the current open metro line from Alandur. The station is among the elevated stations coming up along corridor II of the Chennai Metro, Chennai CentralSt. Thomas Mount stretch. The station will serve the neighbourhoods of Koyambedu, Koyambedu vegetable market, and Koyambedu Private Bus Terminus. The station was constructed by Consolidated Constructed Consortium (CCCL). The station attained structural completion in December 2012. The consolidated cost of the station along with the stations of Arumbakkam, CMBT, Vadapalani and Ashok Nagar was 1,395.4 million.[14]

The station is an elevated station near Koyambedu vegetable market. The station has a capacity to handle about 23,000 passengers an hour. Elevation of the platforms will be about 15 m from the ground level and the total length of the platforms will be 140 m.[15] Along with Chennai Central and Alandur stations, the station will have a 230-kV receiving sub-station for power supply from the state's electricity grid.[16] The sub-station will supply 25-kV of electricity to the trains and 33-kV to the stations.[17]

Along with Ashok Nagar and Vadapalani Metro stations, Koyambedu Metro station will be developed by leasing out space either for shops or office spaces. As part of fire safety measures, underground water tanks of 50,000 to 100,000 litre capacity will be set up at the station.[18]

The station lies within 1 km from the Koyambedu Junction. The highways department has proposed a 1-km flyover that passes through Jawaharlal Nehru Road–Kaliamman Koil Street Junction. A skywalk has also been planned near the station across the Ponamallee High Road.[15] The skywalk will link Rohini theatre with the Koyambedu Metro station.[19]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Australian delegates visit Koyambedu". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ [1] Textile market in Koyambedu
  4. ^ [2] Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority(CMDA),Development of Wholesale Food-grains Market-Government of India
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  6. ^ [3] Rs. 33 crore for improving Koyambedu market
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  11. ^ dhineshkumar, S. (18 March 2013). "Food grains complex construction takes off". The Deccan Chronicle. Chennai: The Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  12. ^ Lakshmi, K. (6 January 2013). "Ambitious project in disarray". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  13. ^ Bio-methanation unit set to generate power
  14. ^ "Arumbakkam metro station almost complete". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  15. ^ a b Hemalatha, Karthikeyan; V Ayyappan (17 January 2013). "All roads to lead to metro stations". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  16. ^ "Metro rail sets up units to power trains, stations to meet year-end deadline to start services". The Times of India. Chennai. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  17. ^ "தயார் நிலையில் மெட்ரோ ரயிலுக்கான துணை மின் நிலையம்". Dinamani (in Tamil). Chennai: Dinamani. 25 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  18. ^ Express News Service (30 October 2014). "Metro Rail Stations to Sport Snazzy Look". The New Indian Express. Chennai: Express Publications. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  19. ^ Sekar, Sunitha (13 August 2014). "Skywalks for three Chennai Metro stations". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 4 October 2014.

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