Fruit & vegetable market needs authorities’ attention

Islamabad—Fruit and vegetable market of the federal capital Islamabad needs the attention of the authorities concerned as it has a plethora of problems besides gradually turning into a health hazardous place. President Fruit Mandi Traders Welfare Association, Agha Siraj told media on Sunday that traders and people visiting the market face severe problems due to encroachments, cleanliness condition and poor security arrangements.
He said that polluted and filthy environment with numerous problems in and around the market is in need of prompt attention of the civic body in order to ensure provision of safe and healthy food items to the residents. Rotten fruits and vegetables thrown on ground causes bad odour as there is no waste management system installed which causes these problems.
Agha Siraj said waste and disgusting smell welcomes customers at the market whereas encroachments and illegal stalls in the premises have further worsened the situation.
He demanded of the authorities to take action against the responsible official for letting numerous illegal stalls prevail.
The President Fruit Mandi Traders Welfare Association said this is one of the leading fruit and vegetable market but there is no proper mechanism to look after the venue.
“The encroachers have made things difficult by extending their shops and stalls on footpaths meant for pedestrians” a customer told INP news agency. Aamir sani, a shopkeeper said that the market deals in both retail and wholesale, and customers come in large numbers, even from remote areas but there is no drinking water in the market.—Agencies

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