Raipur: “Gol Bazar located in the state capital is not only a historical heritage but also an important identity of the entire Raipur city. The government intends to give this place a facelift to preserve and develop this priceless heritage in a new form with all facilities while maintaining its original form”, said cheif minister Bhupesh Baghel here on Sunday.
Baghel reached Gol Bazaar on the occasion of 75th Independence Day and had discussion with the traders here. He said that keeping in view the interest of the traders, an important decision has been taken by the government to develop Gol Bazar with state-of-the-art facilities. Under this, necessary provision was made regarding giving ownership of their land and their shop to the traders doing business in Gol Bazar. This land has been transferred by the government to the Municipal Corporation and the Raipur collector has been delegated powers under the property transfer rules. Further action will be taken under his supervision.
Baghel said that this is an important innovative initiative of the administration. It has never been heard nor seen that the government has decided to hand over the land of any market to the traders running businesses in that market. “I was surprised to learn that people have done business here over the years, but also many who have done business here for generations. They are in possession of this land only by license title. Keeping this in view, the state government has taken an important decision to give ownership of their land, their shop to the traders doing business in Gol Bazar”, he added.
Meanwhile, Gol Bazaar was upgraded in the year 1909; this market is about 150 old. Gol Bazar is spread over three and a half acres. There is an old saying about the market "whatever you don't get, you get it here". It is also said that in this market all the goods from birth till the last rites of a person are available.
Raipur Mayor Eijaz Dhebar, parliamentary secretary Vikas Upadhyay, Chhattisgarh State Women Commission chairman Kiranmayee Nayak were among present on the occasion.