The Punjab agriculture department has failed to issue a notification declaring the new grain and vegetable market as the main yard even as the market committee had passed a resolution in 2009 and sent it to the authorities concerned in this connection.
Local residents said the vegetable market had become a nuisance for them as shopkeepers dump garbage on the road in front of the main post office. They said the stink emanating from the heaps of garbage made it difficult for commuters to move.
District mandi officer Harinder Singh Randhawa said he had sent a draft notification to the Mandi Board secretary for approval in 2012 and wrote a reminder last year and also recently for speeding up the process for de-notifying the old grain and vegetable market here. The case was under process, he said.
Market committee officials said without de-notifying the old grain and vegetable market, it was not possible to shift it to the new grain market complex.
The site has also become a breeding ground for flies and mosquitoes. It is common to see people crossing the area with their nose covered.
Some local residents said they had brought the issue to the notice of the nagar council executive officer and the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) but to no avail.
SDM Pritpal Singh, who is also administrator of the market committee, said he had discussed the issue of de-notifying the old grain and vegetable market with the committee secretary and ordered necessary action in this connection.