By Eudore Chand
Electricity and water services are to be withdrawan from 3rd July
From the 3rd July onwards, all services including the electricity and water supply to Dubai’s Hamriya market will be cut and demolition work will commence, according to Abdul Rahman Al Jaziri, director of markets department at Dubai Municipality.
The demolition of the existing fruits and vegetable market in Hamriya will give way to redevelopment of the last of the Deira corniche areas.
Al Jaziri told a gathering of more than 100 representatives of traders and the Hamriya Market Traders’ Association, that the 3rd July 2004 deadline is the final date and there will be no more postponement. “We also request the public not to visit Hamriya Market after 3rd July because, by that time, the new market at Al Warsan will be fully operational,” he said.
The newly-built Central Vegetable and Fruits Market at Al Warsan area is all set for its opening on 3rd July, by which time the shifting of the market from Hamriya will be completed. The meeting at City Hall also discussed the final stages of the move.
Al Jaziri, along with Khalifa Hareb, head of markets section, answered a wide range of questions from traders regarding different aspects of the shifting operation, opening of the new market and renting of the labour accommodation at the premises.
Al Jaziri said the new market is fully prepared. “We have already completed the electricity and other facilities including that of the requirements of the Civil Defence. Everything related to safety and security of the public is taken care of,” he said.
Hareb said the department is ready to sign contracts with traders for labour accommodation. “We can start with big companies first. Monthly rent for each accommodation is fixed at Dhs1200. Eight persons can be accommodated in each unit. Traders are free to increase this number to ten,” he said.
Hareb said a separate common kitchen facility has been provided at the labour accommodation. “We do not have any problem if traders want to provide space for administrative staff in the labour accommodation. However, women will not be allowed,” he said adding that the municipality is responsible for cleaning and maintenance work at the labour accommodation premises and buildings.