Ludhiana: Committee formed to look into arhtiyas’ demand of opening city mandi for six days a week
The move comes after market committee officials approached Ludhiana DC with the demand of arhtiyas on WednesdayUpdated: May 21, 2020 04:24 IST
Ludhiana deputy commissioner Pradeep Agrawal has formed a three-member committee to look into the arhtiyas’ (commission agents) demand of opening the city sabzi mandi six days a week.
The move comes after market committee officials approached DC Agrawal on Wednesday. The committee members include sub-divisional magistrate (SDM, west) Amrinder Singh Malhi, additional deputy commissioner of police-1 (ADCP) Gurpreet Singh Sikand and district mandi officer (DMO) Jaswinder Dhaliwal.
DC Agrawal said, “The committee members will look into the demands and submit a plan, detailing the measures to be taken for managing gathering in the mandi.”
Following the complaints of crowding at the sabzi mandi near Jalandhar bypass, the administration had, on April 3, restricted the sale of vegetables and fruits in the mandi to three days—Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Only listed suppliers, who sell vegetables to street vendors in the city’s 95 wards, were issued passes to enter the market.
Ruing losses due to decline in sales, the arhtiyas have demanded that the mandi be opened for six days a week. They also demanded that customers, other than vendors, should also be allowed in the mandi.
Ludhiana Sabzi Mandi Arhtiya Association president Gurkamal Singh said that arhtiyas have been facing losses as vendors listed with the market committee purchase vegetables only from a select arhtiyas, as they illegally buy vegetables from other markets situated outside the city.
“Arhtiyas also face losses as perishable items rot due to a gap of a day. They are ready to take all required precautions, but the administration should open the mandi for six days a week,” added Singh.