Taking a serious note of the nuisance created by the fish market here, Patiala municipal corporation commissioner Parminder Singh Gill have ordered to shut down shutters of fish market shops which at present open towards the local industrial area
However, shopkeepers have been told to open shutters from back of their present shops following complaints of the local residents regarding foul smell emanating from the shops.
Gill also wrote a communiqué to senior superintendent of police Hardial Singh Mann to take strict action against the defaulters in case they failed to obey the orders.
"We have decided to close down shutters of fish shops on the industrial area road as we are going to implement a one-way traffic system for the heavy traffic. Besides, continuous complaints of foul smell and sale of unhealthy fish led to this decision", he said.
Four samples of fish collected by the district health department were recently found unfit for human consumption as they were found laced with poisonous 'formalin'- a toxic used by the doctors to preserve dead bodies.
Soon after the commissioner's order, health officer of civic body Dr Yadwinder Singh Banga swung into action and inspected the fish market to execute the orders.He also slapped fines against those fish shop owners who were found violating the norms.
Despite being earmarked a place, the local fish market has been running illegally in a residential area but the authorities turned a blind eye towards such illegal practice.