Vendors and consumers in the Mahaica area are to soon begin benefiting from government’s $82 million investment into the Mahaica Market, which is on schedule for an early April opening.
Local Government and Regional Development Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Collin Croal said Dookie Contracting Services has completed the building of the market and the ministry and the Neighbhourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Unity are now moving to the allocation of stalls.
The new $82 million Mahaica Market
The building will house 104, eight by eight stalls inclusive of seven meat and 11 fish stalls, with the southern side of the market designated for fruits and vegetable vending.
A market committee, comprising the NDC, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and vendors’ representative is soon to be established. This committee will assign the stalls and decide the final arrangement of the market, among other things.
The upper northern section of the market will house the NDC building.
The committee will give first consideration to 66 stallholders of the former Mahaica Market. Persons allocated a spot will be responsible for constructing his/her own stall.
Croal also explained that the ministry will be seeking Cabinet’s approval for resources to facilitate some revetment work aback of the market.
Inside the newly constructed Mahaica Market. The individual stalls are still to be built
Government has been investing heavily in markets and market tarmacs, having recognised the need to create these infrastructures in a bid to facilitate and promote vending legally. It was in this effort that the Local Government Ministry, in 2012, handed over 10 market tarmacs in Regions Two, Three, Four and Five.