After a long haul, this major city of the Punjab will have a wholesale market complex, offering edibles and other daily use goods at competitive prices to the 2.1 million dwellers. According to the sources, a chunk of land measuring about 3500 canals has already been marked to set up outlets, offering three major commodities including grain and spices market, fruit and vegetable market and goods market, in the suburb.
The proposal for setting up of the complex had already been forwarded to the provincial authorities and the work on the project would be initiated as soon as the approval is granted.
The sources revealed that the provincial authorities had accorded formal sanction for setting up of the complex back in 2011 but due to untoward approach of the local authorities the project had been in jeopardy. “At that time, a fund of Rs 270 million for setting up of the complex was also granted which subsequently lapsed due to non-compliance of the project,” the sources said. When contacted Shahbaz Alam, Chairman Raja Bazar Supreme Governing Council told APP that the project for setting of the market complex has been revived and the Punjab Government had already notified and granted approval to re-initiate the project at a pace.
Referring to the grievances of the general public, especially the whole sellers, Shahbaz said after the setting up of Green Market Complex in Islamabad, the business community of Rawalpindi and suburbs had no option left to travel all the way to Islamabad for buying fruits and vegetables.
According to the plan, he said, currently 9 major wholesale markets offering various commodities existed in the most populated areas of the city including, Ganjmandi, Naswari Bazar, Dal Nagri, Grain Mandi, Chaudhary Bazar, Hamilton Road, Namak Mandi, Ansari Market and Ratta Road would be shifted to the proposed complex. The shifting of these markets would not only help to expand the businesses of the businessmen of the area but also offer a congestion-free environment to the dwellers of these areas, he expressed the hope and demanded that work may be carried out without wasting any further.
According to the proposal, he said plots measuring 7 marla and 10 marla would be offered to the business holders in the new complex and cost of the plot would be recovered on installment basis. He said Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) had already been asked to get themselves prepared for the development and construction of the new market complex.
He said that the traders and businessmen of the metropolis have been eagerly waiting for the kick-start of the project and added that “we are ready to pay first installment as payment of the plot to be allotted to them by the Rawalpindi Market Committee which is the main executor of the project.”
When asked would the dwellers of the city be offered some relief in the prices of the daily use items, he said definitely the relief received by the whole seller would be ultimately transferred to the common man. At present the prices of the daily use items offered at the grocery stores in the city are comparatively higher than those offered to the dwellers of the other cities of the Punjab and one of the reasons for this factor could be non-existence of a full-fledged market complex.—APP