Due to the opposition of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers, auction for canteen contract in the new vegetable market on Phagwara road had to be postponed.
Aam Aadmi Party activists held a demonstration in front of the office of market committee and impressed upon the officials to cancel the auction.
Many bidders had applied for the contract and deposited the earnest money with the concerned office.
But disagreeing with the terms and under pressure from the AAP, they did not participate in the bid.
Aam Aadmi Party volunteer Paramjit Singh Sachdeva said, “Every year contracts are given for canteen and parking whereas there was no such facility available in the vegetable market.”
“The contractors fleeced the vendors and the farmers and charged as per will,” he alleged.
He urged the officials to show the places designated for parking and canteen before going ahead with the auction.
He also raised objection to the extension of parking contract for a month after it expired on March 3.
Another Aam Aadmi Party volunteer Dr Ravjot Singh alleged that poor vendors were harassed by contractor’s henchmen and urged the authorities to stop collection of ‘goonda tax’.
District mandi board officer Raj Kumar dismissed the allegations of forced collection stating that he had never received any such complaint from the vendors.
As for the auction, he said that the proceedings had to be suspended as the contractors were not satisfied with the terms and conditions.
“We are reporting the matter to the head office and the authorities will decided future course of action”, he said.