The model Rythu Bazaar in Kukatpally's Dharma Reddy Colony Phase 1 is slowly becoming the talk of the town. This recently inaugurated facility sprawling over an acre and built with a cost of Rs 15 crore by the State government, has a whopping 447 stalls apart from 23 extra shops equipped with shutters.
On the ground floor, 223 stalls and 18 shops are located, while the remaining shops and stalls are located on the first floor. A lift is also available for the convenience of the vendors and the public.
At every stall, granite platforms have been built to display vegetables, and a sufficient place has been provided for the farmer to sit comfortably. Ventilation and illumination, fans and bulbs, drinking water, seating arrangements, and ample parking space are some of the amenities at this splashy Rythu Bazaar that ensure remunerative prices to farmers and offer fresh vegetables to consumers at affordable rates.
In addition, the farmer's sculpture weighing vegetables at the entrance and artworks taken up at various places on the building walls makes the market visually appealing and different from other Rythu Bazaars, which act as a direct interface between farmers and consumers, without any intermediaries.
Officials of the Agricultural Marketing Committee said that most of the shops and stalls would be allocated to the farmers. At the same time, some of them would be given to members of the Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA) groups.
The farmers expressed their happiness and lauded the efforts of the Telangana government in building the modern Rythu Bazaar and giving them a dignified place to sell their vegetables.
One of the farmers, who sells over four varieties of vegetables, said they were no longer exposed to mosquitoes. The facility provided to them is very clean. Before, many used to sell vegetables under the Hitec City bridge, but now they have a decent place to sell their harvest, which is no less than a boon for them.
The farmers thanked the government, citing that they no longer had to be at the mercy of the rains or sun to earn a livelihood.