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8 years on, Nakodar grain market nowhere near completion

Locals have been blaming the Punjab Mandi Board authorities for failing to complete the construction work of new grain market even seven years after its foundation stone was laid.

punjab Updated: Mar 12, 2014 23:11 IST
HT Correspondent

Locals have been blaming the Punjab Mandi Board authorities for failing to complete the construction work of new grain market even seven years after its foundation stone was laid.

The government had acquired more than 31 acres of land on Malsian Road for new grain market in 2006 following which its foundation stone was laid.

Nakodar market committee secretary Manjit Singh Sandhu said the construction of four platforms out of seven had been completed.

He said the market committee had spent `5.95 crore from its funds so far and no funds have been released by the Punjab Mandi Board. Enquiries revealed that the market committee has collected `39.69 crore as market fee and rural development funds from grain markets under its jurisdiction in the past six years.

The market committee employees said only half of the market fee was deposited in its account out of this collection and the rest was deposited in account of the Mandi board. They said the construction of new grain market could not be completed without the financial help from the Mandi board.

Residents have demanded that the Punjab Mandi Board should release the required funds immediately.