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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, April 12, 2013
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the Chandigarh administration along with the chairman/ secretary of the market committee to remove illegal handcart vendors from the Sector-26 grain market and stop unauthorised parking in the area, causing traffic jams. Visibly anguished special division bench comprising justice Surya Kant and justice Ajay Tewari directed the adviser to the UT administrator to immediately convene a meeting for setting up of vegetable markets in other sectors of the city too.

The bench said to the Chandigarh counsel, "You need to abolish market committee, inspector raj and bring transparency in allowing vegetable hawkers in Sector 26."

In the case in which the court had taken suo motu notice of the Sector-26 market vendors' issue, it further asked, "Why centro-power lies in the Sector-26 market? Why don't you set up such markets in other sectors? There is total market mafia in Sector 26."

The court added, "Look at the traffic. Why do people have to come from sectors like 45 to the Sector-26 market?"

On this, Chandigarh's senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal informed the bench, "There is a proposal of a vegetable market in Sector 39."

One of the advocates Divya Sharma argued that the Sector-26 market was in a very bad shape and even it was difficult to walk at the place also because of various handcart vegetables/ fruits sellers.

She said the market committee was illegally allowing those handcart vendors by charging so much money from them on daily basis. "If vendors will be regularised, the market committee's business will stop," she added.

On this, Kaushal informed the court that within the Sector 26 market, the market committee was issuing licences to the vendors.

He further added that the policy about vendors/ hawkers was being debated in Parliament and Chandigarh administration was waiting for it to be finalised.

The case will now come up for hearing on May 24.