'Illegal' liquor vend irks traders in Feroze Gandhi market

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 19:41 IST

A liquor vend is being run “illegally” from an incomplete building in Feroze Gandhi market, Ludhiana. The market association has complained against the vend to the authorities concerned several times but the municipal corporation (MC) is yet to take action. People can be seen consuming liquor openly in the corridor of the building.

In July last year, HT had highlighted that a liquor vend was running from this building while assistant town planner Monika Anand had then assured to look into the matter.

However, the liquor vend is still running and it has not obtained no objection certificate (NOC) from the MC. The completion certificate hasn't been issued to this building, as per building branch of the civic body.

Now, the members of the Traders and Property Owners Feroze Gandhi Market Association have written to local bodies' minister Anil Joshi to look into the matter.

The association's chairman, Col (retired) Harjap Singh said that the operation of a liquor vend in not included in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust's (LIT) layout plan for this market.

“Open drinking is being allowed by these vends. People create nuisance for the customers visiting this market,” he added.

“Women employees in large numbers work in this market. Also women visit this market for shopping. All the customers, mainly women,
feel insecure due to such activities here. This liquor vend should be sealed,” said PS Gill, the former chief engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), who is the president of the market association.

When contacted, municipal town planner (MTP) Kamaljit Kaur said, “I will look into the matter. The staff of Zone D informed that the building does not have completion certificate and no NOC has been taken to run the liquor vend.”

She said that the commercial activities can't carried out from a building if its construction work is not completed. After construction work, a completion certificate is required to allow commercial activities.

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