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Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex

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A view of the Koyambedu Market

Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC) is one of Asia's largest perishable goods market complex located at Koyambedu, Chennai. The market complex is spread over an area of Script error: No such module "convert".. Inaugurated in 1996, the complex consists of more than 1,000 wholesale shops and 2,000 retail shops. It abuts Poonamalee High Road and Nesapakkam Road. In Phase I, a wholesale market for perishables was developed in an area of around Script error: No such module "convert". by constructing 3,194 shops. The market has two blocks for vegetable shops and one each for fruit and flower shops. In Phase II, a textile market[1] and in Phase III, a food grain market[2] have been planned to be developed in the complex.

The food grain market will be built on a seven to eight acres of land belonging to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, adjacent to the Koyambedu fire service station and opposite the vegetable market, and will have about 500 shops.[3]


The Basic Infrastructure and Amenities Promotion Committee has approved an allocation of 336.3 million for augmentation and maintenance of the infrastructure, including stormwater drain network, in the market complex. The Market Management Committee will carry out the work which includes creation of new stormwater drains over 9 km long, widening of roads and concretisation of a 350-m road connecting Gates 7 and 14, which is being used by heavy vehicles to carry perishables to the market complex.[4][5] The market has over 100,000 visitors daily. On an average, 1,500 lorries and other heavy vehicles come to the market every day, bringing in vegetables, fruits and flowers.[6]

In 2012, the market was declared a green complex. As part of this, about 1,000 trees were planted on the market premises. The complex will also feature a landscape with a compound wall at a cost of 25 million, rainwater harvesting structures and solar lighting.[7]

Foodgrains market

An exclusive foodgrains market, the first such facility in the state, is under construction at the market complex at a cost of 690.7 million. It is being constructed in an area of 14.41 acres next to the existing wholesale vegetable market, with provision of godowns, parking space for trucks, public toilets, cement concrete roads, solar street lights, fire-fighting system, and water supply. It is expected to be opened by mid-2014.[8] It will have about 500 shops for wholesale business of food grains, except sugar, jaggery, dry chillies, tamarind, and edible oil items.[9]

Bio-methanation plant

A bio-methanation plant at the market complex set by Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority was inaugurated in 2006 at a cost of 55 million to generate power from vegetable and fruit waste collected from the wholesale market. The Biomethanation plant has a capacity to produce 2500 unit per day with 30 Tons of Waste. The plant was operated by the Koyambedu Market Management Committee till 2008 and was put to disuse owing to machine repair. The plant was operational again from April 2011 but only for four months[10] and is awaiting Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation's (TANGEDCO) approval to supply electricity to the grid. The plant has the capacity to convert 30 tonnes of waste per day into 2,500 units daily. Of the nearly 150 tonnes of vegetable and fruit waste generated daily at the market, about 30 tonnes are segregated. A total of 1.75 acre has been allotted for composting 50 tonnes of waste. There are also plants to recycle banana stems.[11]


The market complex has a 7.46-acre open-space parking lot adjacent to the biomethanation plant, opened by the CMDA, on 5 April 2013. It has a provision to park 400 vehicles at any given point in time.[6]


  1. ^ [1] Textile market in Koyambedu
  2. ^ [2] Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority(CMDA),Development of Wholesale Foodgrains Market-Government of India
  3. ^ "Koyambedu to have separate market for foodgrains". The Times Of India. 11 December 2010. 
  4. ^ [3] Rs. 33 crore for improving Koyambedu market
  5. ^ Xavier Lopez, Aloysius (2 February 2012). "Works at Koyambedu market gain steam". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 7 Feb 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Oppili, P.; Aloysius Xavier Lopez (7 April 2013). "Koyambedu market gets 7.46-acre paid parking lot". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 13 Apr 2013. 
  7. ^ Lopez, Aloysius Xavier (16 November 2012). "City's favourite grocery goes green". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 16 Nov 2012. 
  8. ^ Mariappan, Julie (23 January 2013). "Koyambedu to house TN's first foodgrains market". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 24 Jan 2013. 
  9. ^ Sasidharan, S. (18 March 2013). "Food grains complex construction takes off". The Deccan Chronicle (Chennai: The Deccan Chronicle). Retrieved 19 Mar 2013. 
  10. ^ Lakshmi, K. (6 January 2013). "Ambitious project in disarray". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 7 Jan 2013. 
  11. ^ Bio-methanation unit set to generate power