The local fruit and vegetable market, one of the major traffic bottlenecks, is likely to be shifted to the agricultural produce marketing yard near the new grain market on the outskirts of the city by August end.
With the increasing pressure on the existing market yard, which is located in the heart of the city, a new fruit and vegetable market yard is being developed by the Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board (HSAMB).
Shifting of the market to a spacious place is among the key issues in the home constituency of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The district administration and the HSAMB have prepared a project report for shifting the wholesale vegetable market near the national highway -1, where a large number of retailers, pushcart vendors, phariwalas and householders flock every day to purchase fruits and vegetables.
Nearly 90 commission agents and 400 hawkers operate from the wholesale vegetable market yard in the city.
Sources said that the proposal for shifting to vegetable market on the outskirts of the city was initially not well received by vendors who complained that the new grain market was situated at a very faraway place.
The market, which has been functioning for many decades on the land belonging to the improvement trust, has nearly 500 vendors who make their living by selling vegetables.
Traffic congestion is one of the main reasons for shifting the mandi to the outskirts. Moreover, the hygiene level of the area around vegetable market is affected due to the dumping of vegetables.
There is no place to dump vegetable and fruit waste. The garbage stinks and the problem worsens during monsoon. Deputy commissioner J Ganesan said on Friday that work to shift the vegetable market was in the full swing and it would be shifted within next two months.
Ganesan said that a detailed survey was conducted and the occupants at the existing market had only demanded that all traders and hawkers should be shifted to the new site.
"A team deputed by sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Rajiv Mehta has videographed the entire survey project. It will be ensured that all occupants at the existing mandi are rehabilitated to the new place without any discrimination," said the DC.
He said that the existing land of the mandi would be used for some other public purpose.
Meanwhile, district market enforcement officer Nihal Singh Godara said that the process to allot the newly-built shops would be completed soon. He said that work at the new vegetable market was in the advanced stage and eligible traders would be allotted shops in July. "We expect the new market be fully functional by August," said Godara.