Garbage and poly bags: MC-run apni mandis remain a mess
Even though the municipal corporation’s apni mandi committee in their several meetings held last year decided to streamline their functioning, the conditions on ground have not changed for the better.punjab Updated: Apr 06, 2016 12:49 IST
Even though the municipal corporation’s apni mandi committee in their several meetings held last year decided to streamline their functioning, the conditions on ground have not changed for the better.
In September last year, the committee recommended conducting surprise checks, installation of mobile toilets and ban on the use of poly bags at these sites. The panel also had urged the police to regulate traffic near apni mandis.
However, even after seven months neither MC officials, nor the committee members have visited the mandis to implement the recommendations.
During a visit to these mandis by HT, it was found that poly bags are still used by the vendors. Mobile toilets are conspicuous by their absence and no checks on overcharging and traffic chaos are the order of the day near these markets.
Use of poly bags rampant
Even though the UT administration has directed the concerned authorities for implementing the ban on poly bags in apni mandis without fail, the conditions on ground present an entirely different picture.
In case of default, the licence would be cancelled immediately. The civic body enforcement staff and the junior engineer concerned were also directed to check the use of poly bags.
Former chairperson of apni mandi committee, Heera Negi admitted that despite their several recommendations, nothing has been done.
Former member of the municipal corporation committee, Major DS Sandhu (retd) said, “The issue of Sector 43 apni mandi was taken up in the committee regarding the traffic flow, but despite assurances from police, no action has been taken.
The vehicles parked on the V-3 road dividing Sectors 42-B and 43-A were causing traffic snarls.
The issue of vendors occupying the cycle track between the site and the road to evade licence fee was also discussed,” he said.
In general, around 400 stalls are set up at a mandi and piles of garbage is left behind in absence of a proper arrangement for lifting the litter. Sources say before 1996, independent farmers could set up stalls at the designated sites.
After the municipal corporation took over, it started registrations and since then there has been a steady decline in the number of farmers visiting these mandis.
According to rough estimates, 6,000 people visit these mandis, divided into four zones, on a given day.