It seems the Huda Market in Sector 56 of the city is turning into a garbage dump. The only market in the area, the complex has a total of 75 shops.
This is evident from the heaps of stench-emitting garbage scattered in the market. So much so, the menace is also driving away shoppers who prefer to keep away.
It is learnt that restaurants and nearby shops dispose of garbage in the area.
The area has turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and posing a health hazard.
Ironically, the market is located in front of HUDA estate office, but the authorities concerned have failed to address the issue.
Irked at the state of affairs, area shopkeepers met Huda administrator Praveen Kumar and apprised him of the problem and that their business was being affected. In the present scenario, residents are finding alternate options to shop and have stopped visiting the area.
“My business has been affected. People don't visit the market due to the foul smell,” said Sumit Bhatnagar, a shopkeeper who owns a photo studio.
Echoing a similar view, Dinesh Tuli, owning a stationery shop in HUDA market said, “My stationery shop mostly caters to children. But I am losing on my clients and children have stopped coming to my shop. The place stinks the entire day.”
Not only this, parents also abstained from letting their children buy eatables from the market.
“My mother does not allow me to eat anything from the market. It is unhygienic. The last time I fell ill after eating a chicken roll here.”
Meanwhile, shopkeepers have now pinned their hopes on the new Huda administrator.
Later, during the open darbar held at Sector 56, Huda administrator Praveen Kumar assured shopkeepers that he would visit the place and address the issue.