Fruit and vegetable vendors protested outside Panchkula deputy commissioner's (DC) office over shifting of venue of the apni mandi in Sector 15 and 16 to Sector 20 owing to cleanliness issues here on Monday.
DC SS Phulia had ordered shifting of the market on April 29 after constant complaints of left-out fruits and vegetables being dumped in the area by Sector 15 and 16 residents.
The vendors also presented a memorandum to the DC. A five-member delegation under Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Harinder Saini met Phulia.
The DC told them about the problems faced by the residents and suggested to submit an affidavit saying they would not spread garbage. Only after that, would they be allowed to hold on to the previous venue, he said. The deputy commissioner also suggested a fine of `20,000 to `50,000 for pollution. He said videography of the market would be conducted and vendors would be penalised if they were found dumping trash.
Shifting venue not a solution
Meanwhile, Citizen Welfare Association president SK Nayar said, "By shifting or closing the markets, there would again be a hue and cry among the public, especially senior citizens, women, ailing people, and those belonging to EWS of the society."
"The administration should handle the cleanliness issue and markets should not be shifted. It is a wrong decision," said Vijay Bansal, president of Shiwalik Vikas Manch.