The UT administration has initiated a survey to get the Sector 26 Grain Market rid of its perennial problems of rampant encroachments, dilapidated roads, and slush and filth.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Mohammad Shayin recently directed the UT's architect department, engineering department and traffic police to carry out a joint survey of the area and chalk out a blue print for rationalisation of existing space, strengthening of roads, garbage disposal, beautification of the area by planting trees, earmarking parking space and smoother movement of traffic and pedestrians in the area.
The step follows recent directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court. Encroachments are seen as the root cause of all problems at the grain market, and the bad condition of roads in the market has added to the plight of shop-owners and those visiting the area.
Both problems have resulted in perennial chaos and traffic congestion in the area. Poor sanitation and skeps overflowing with rotting garbage, too, add to the woes of shop-owners.
Now, the UT administration has also decided to carry out regular anti-encroachment drives to ensure rehris, pharis and jhuggies do not find their way into the area.
The secretary of the market committee has also been roped in to check encroachments by vendors and keep the area clean.
The market association, too, has taken up the responsibility of ensuring that it would not allow temporary encroachments in the area.
It was only four days ago that encroachments were removed from the market. Contacted, Shayin said they had chalked out a plan to ensure a permanent solution to the problems at Grain Market.
The court had also directed the administration to set up of more vegetable markets in other parts of the city.
During the last hearing of the case, one of the advocates, Divya Sharma, had argued that Grain Market was in bad shape and it was difficult to even walk in the market.
She had informed the court that the market committee was illegally allowing handcart vendors by charging exorbitant daily rent from them. “If vendors will be regularised, the market committee's business will stop,” she said. The case will be heard on May 24.