As paddy will start arriving in September, but the condition of the local grain market remains quite deplorable.
The grain market has almost no system of drainage of rainwater. Whenever it rains, the market is flooded with water, causing a lot of problems to commission agents and farmers.
"The rainwater gets accumulated on the yards of the market, leaving heaps of agricultural produce flooded with water. Water enters even our shops as there is hardly any sewerage system in the market," says a commission agent.
Despite several representations to the Mandi Board officials, things have not moved, he said.
Besides the problem of proper sewerage system in the market, the spare space left out of the main sections of the market floor is almost kuccha. At some places, bricks have been laid, but at others, even the bricks have been got removed.
"The entire place in the grain market should be mettled and all free space along the main floors should be premixed to accommodate the agricultural produce, which is in a large quantity these days. The grain market is very old and in those days, the produce was in small quantity, but nowadays, there is a a huge arrival of paddy and wheat at the peak season and the farmers have to unload the produce on the kuccha yard of the grain market," said Baldev Singh, a farmer from a nearby village.
The condition of the main roads in the market is also bad and broken portions have not been repaired.
The market has also little sanitation facility. "The market should be cleaned properly and regularly, but it is not even cleaned before the season leading to the harassment of farmers and commission agents," said a commission agent.
The boundary wall of the grain market along the Sadak Chowk to Talwandi bypass connecting the road has collapsed at many places and it leads to the entry of outsiders during the marketing season, who allegedly lift the produce. Besides, stray animals enter the market due to the broken boundary wall at many places.
Neeraj Sharma, secretary, market committee, said they have planned to develop a sewerage system at a cost of `55 lakh to drain out rainwater from the grain market. "We are doing it on a priority basis and work would be started as soon as the project is approved and funds are allotted," he said.
But, on the collapsed boundary wall and broken roads, he said that due to the poor financial health of the market committee, these works may be carried out only after paddy season is over and when funds are available.