THE eight-day-old strike at Krishi Upaj Mandis in the City could be over on Tuesday if the wrangling parties keep their word, sources said.
The hammals’ association on Monday intensified the agitation and prevented the traders from entering into the Mandi premises for over two hours.
A Mandi official told Hindustan Times that Collector Vivek Aggarwal convened a meeting in the evening in which it was agreed that the final decision on the ongoing payment dispute would be left to the Collector and both parties would abide by his decision.
“Although the Collector has no role to play in this matter other than as a peace broker, both parties were refusing to budge from their stand, and after a two-hour negotiation it was decided to leave the matter in his hands,” said the official who was present in the meeting.
The stalemate between traders’ association and hammal union over payment rates has caused major loss to Sanyogitaganj and Laxmibai Nagar Mandis in the form of taxes besides hurting the farmers, commission agents and transporters.