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May 01, 2016 News
Following years of neglect, the historic Kitty Market – still under rehabilitation, is scheduled to make an impressive come back.
With plans of making it into a modern market and the transformation already
noticeable, the City Engineers Department at City Hall is hoping to wrap it up and hand it over to its occupants as soon as possible.
Many would recall the outcries from vendors and stallholders over the years to have the market repaired. There are reports of customers and vendors “plunging” to avoid falling debris. The state of the market itself was a red-light for potential trade.
In a recent press conference City Engineer, Ron Eastman, when quizzed on the status of the works being carried out at the market said that 30 percent of the rehabilitation works have been completed thus far.
He said that the works are being carried both on the western and eastern wings.
General rehabilitative works were carried out on various areas of the eastern wing which includes the roof and floors. Painting was also carried out on this wing along with the installation of modern windows. The wing is approximately 75 percent completed.
Eastman reminded media operatives of the ‘state of that market’ and pointed out that credence must be given to the transformation that the building has experienced in
‘just a few months’.
With regard to the western wing, the lower level will house a ‘modern’ meat section. However, discussions are still in progress about the design. Offices to accommodate the relevant officers on the spot to deal with the issues that the vendors, customers and the community may have, will be on the upper flat.
“The Municipality is a service-based agency for which we reach the community and we are now using this opportunity, not just at the Kitty Market but at all of our facilities that we are refurbishing to decentralise works, meaning that we will have officers placed in these (refurbished) areas to reach needs of the communities,” he said.
When quizzed on the cost of the project, Eastman said that he could not commit to a figure since tabulations are still ongoing. He assured that when this process is completed, the figure will be announced to the public.
He stated that the City Council had initially set aside a three-month period to complete the works. However, there were a few setbacks which the administration is currently addressing.
He later cited two factors that led to the setback which were the challenge of procuring the materials and the need for specific materials that were required for special architectural works.
The engineering department is aware of the vendors’ anxiety to return to their livelihood, he said, however, he could not commit to an estimated completion date since, according to him, there are still some ongoing discussions but he assured that this will be over soon and the market will be returned to the vendors as soon as possible.
Recent reports indicated that the Market was established in 1882, two years after the Bourda Market came into being. Kitty Market began at the railway line near the abattoir. There, vendors plied their goods from sunrise until sunset. Over time, the initial site extended until 1970 when it was taken over by the City Council.
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