Vendors protest shifting of vegetable market

Vendors protest shifting of vegetable market

Vendors of the Ragho Majra Sabzi Mandi in Patiala stage a protest on Monday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 7

Vendors at the Ragho Majra Sabzi Mandi held a protest against the Municipal Corporation’s decision to shift the vegetable market to new Sanauri Adda. Raising their concerns, they also submitted a memorandum to the administration.

Vendors said they would face a numerous issues if shifted to the new site as it does not have proper sheds for them. “Also, there is no provision of water and electricity at the new site. The mandi area does not have proper place to keep the produce after the day’s sale,” vendors added.

Vendors’ union president Binder Singh Nikku said, “The new allotted site is two to three feet below the road level. In such case, rainwater will get accumulated at the site. Therefore, it is not the optimum place to shift mandi.”

They had been selling produce at the Ragho Majra Mandi for the last 40 years, vendors said, while adding the MC’s decision would adversely affect their business.

Mayor Sanjeev Kumar Sharma said, “The MC has spent Rs 28 crore after implementation of the vendor policy. Vendors are doing business on a road. There is a lot of violation of laws at that spot. They are being shifted to a new site where facilities, including lighting, is also provided.”

“The MC will also make provision for providing water at the site,” he added.

“The Ragho Majra vegetable market will be shifted in a week. Vegetable vendors from other sites will also be shifted as per the plan under the new policy,” he said.

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