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Punjab Mandi Board meeting this month: Heat over AC market in Mohali as no shop, SCO allotted

However, sources said there was a likelihood of the mandi board managing all the affairs of the market itself after allotting all the shops and SCOs.

mandi, chandigarh mandi, bazaar, chandigarh bazaar, india news Under the shed at the AC market in Sector 65-A in Mohali on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Jasbir Malhi)

Two years after it was inaugurated, not a single shop or shop-cum-office (SCO) has been allotted to farmers in first-of-its kind air conditioned (AC) market in Phase 11. The Punjab Mandi Board has also failed to decide whether the AC market will be maintained by a private company or by the board itself.

At present there are 45 shops and 35 SCOs at the market. The shops and the SCOs were to be allotted to farmers or vegetable traders. But a section of the board members wanted that a private company should be roped in to maintain the market. The idea was opposed by some board members, including the vice-president of the board. After this, nothing was done to run the market in the last two years.

Gursewak Singh, a farmer who used to sell his vegetables under a shed at the market, said that the number of customers was very less and the market was not run properly by the board. The Apni Mandis were a better option, he added.

Jagir Singh, another farmer, told Chandigarh Newsline that they were at the receiving end as they had to sit under the shed at the market without much work. He said that they had requested the board officials to allot them shops at the AC market but in vain.

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Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Punjab Mandi Board vice-chairman Ravinder Singh Cheema said that a decision on whether to rope in a private company for maintenance of the market would be taken at a meeting this month. The allotment of shops and SCOs would also be decided in the meeting.

However, sources said there was a likelihood of the mandi board managing all the affairs of the market itself after allotting all the shops and SCOs.

The AC market is first-of-its kind in the state and was inaugurated on February 8, 2014, by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

First published on: 03-12-2015 at 08:41:36 am
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