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Proposals for the new ‘Car Parking cum Market Complex’ in Mkg
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, SEP 17 (NPN):
Published on 18 Sep. 2010 12:57 AM IST
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The recent inauguration of the ‘Car Parking cum Market Complex’ under the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India costing Rs. 21.94 crores at Mokokchung has gained new heights as far as the business and entrepreneurial activity is concerned.
The complex inaugurated on August 15 by Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, minister for urban development and higher and technical education is yet to function. However there has been an optimistic feeling amongst the populace that the market would truly serve its purpose in bringing a sea of change in the economic sector of Mokokchung.
It has been observed that the complex has been constructed beyond people’s expectations, but there are a few who fear that the purpose behind setting up the complex might not be fulfilled if the administrators of the complex fail to carry out their task efficiently.
Coordinator of Mokokchung Municipal Council (MMC) N. Bendang Jamir said MMC was constructing 100 odd stalls at basement 1 and 2 to accommodate more shops at the complex. By doing so, Bendang adds the original plan of providing stalls to vegetable vendor at the basement remains cancelled, and that they would be accommodated at Old Town Hall complex which would be functional by October.
An official from the Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) said the managing authority of the complex should focus not only on the marketing aspect of Mokokchung district, but accommodating to potential customers of neighbouring districts as well.
The official was also of the view that allotment of stalls or shops at the complex should be based on first come first basis, run and managed by genuine persons only and not on lease (inclusive of commission) which is quite prevalent in Mokokchung.
Another prominent entrepreneur Tsukti Longkumer also concurred that stalls should be provided only to genuine entrepreneur/permit holders.
He opined that maintenance of the market should be of high priority especially toilets and suggested on introducing ‘pay per use toilet. He also felt that suitability of the market should be taken into consideration by doing away with “second hand” or “rural based” business activity as the marketplace was “too good for Mokokchung”.
Another young and successful entrepreneur, Lima Longkumer estimated the retail sector in Mokokchung was “traditional” and “old fashioned” and felt it was time to widen one’s scope of business activity.
“Franchisees, agencies and the likes should be incorporated, added lima.
He also suggested the management should regulate shop timings and accordingly make provisions for people to shop till late evening with adequate security within the complex.
It was also learnt the number of stall applicants have mounted, out of which only a few will be selected for the 116 stalls at the complex.
The much talked about complex would become fully operational by the month of October, and it is hoped this milestone would facilitate a new era of business culture in the district.

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