Mahdia vendors’ arcade
Chairman of the Mahdia Committee Development Council, which was formerly the Mahdia Fire Victims Committee, Floyd Herman, has reported that most of the infrastructural works at the burnt out vendors’ arcade have been completed.
Herman said that the works include the surfacing of five roads leading to and around the arcade, concrete drains and toilet facilities. According to Herman, the works were undertaken at a cost of some $11.4 M.
It was expected that vendors who were affect by the July 1, 2010 fire in Mahdia would have been able to occupy the arcade at the beginning of this month. However all the works have not been completed. He added that they are awaiting another $8M from the Government to complete the work.
“We were promised a total of $20M to totally restore the vendor’s arcade and we are now waiting for the remaining money.”
Herman said that some persons are still plying their trade in makeshift stalls while others have relocated. He pointed out that the burnt out area has attracted some ‘intruders’ who are hoping to fall into the formal setting once everything is back to normalcy.
He added that the committee is thankful to the Government for its contributions thus far and will continue to do its best to restore the Mahdia Vendors’ arcade.
On July 1, 2010 more than 20 structures were flattened when a fire of supposed electrical origin raged through the business community of Mahdia, Region Eight. The arcade in question has reportedly been in existence for over 20 years. The area wiped out was described as the shopping centre in the vicinity of the monument in Central Mahdia.
An $11.4 million contract will allow for the commencement of construction of the basic infrastructure. Contractors are at present mobilizing equipment and materials for work to begin early in January.
The new arcade will be strictly for commercial use, as was not the case before the area was razed.