|The VNĐ14 billion-invested market centre is now a cow shelter and wood store. – Photo news.zing.vn|
NGHỆ AN – A VNĐ14 billion (US$636,000) - invested trade centre in the central Nghệ An Province has been unused for six years and become a free straw store for locals.
Unused kiosks in Rộ Market trade centre, at Thanh Chương District, have become stores for agricultural equipment, straw and wood. The surrounding area of the trade centre turned into a cow shelter.
Trần Văn Kỳ, chairman of Võ Liệt Commune People’s Committee said the Rô Market trade centre, inaugurated in 2010, aimed at creating jobs for locals and developing the local economy.
However, the trade centre was unused as local people didn’t like trading in the closed trade centre, preferring the traditional flea market. Local authorities have urged the trade centre’s investor to change the architecture of the centre to include outdoor kiosks familiar to locals.
Replacing a degraded old market, Nghệ An Province People’s Committee approved building the centre in 2007 on a 30,080sq.m area. The Northern Investment and Trade Joint-stock Company, located in Hà Nội, was the main builder.
The trade centre included a big market temple, kiosks, rest room, restaurant, power station, and water supply station. — VNS