The Punjab agriculture department has failed to issue a notification declaring the new grain and vegetable market as the main yard, even though the market committee had sent a resolution to this effect , passed in 2009, to the authorities concerned.
Nakodar market committee secretary Tejinder Kumar said that the district mandi office had sent a draft notification to the secretary of the Mandi Board for approval in 2012 and wrote a reminder last year for speeding up the process for de-notification of the old grain and vegetable market.
He said that the Mandi Board had also sent the case to the financial commissioner (development) for approval which is still pending. Market committee officials said that without de-notifying the old vegetable market, it is not possible to shift it to the new grain market.
Residents also rue that the vegetable market has alsobecome a nuisance as shopkeepers dump garbage on the road in front of th emain post office.
They said that the continuous stink from the garbage has been troubling hundreds of commuters, who use this stretch apart from those residing in the nearby areas and the people going to the post office.
The site is a breeding ground for disease-causing vectors. It is not uncommon to see the people holding their breath or covering their nose to escape the nauseating stench when they negotiate this stretch and enter the post office.
Residents said that they have brought this issue to the notice of the executive officer of Nagar Council and SDM, but of no avail.