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Old vegetable market traders given one day to shift to new venue

By Our Staff Correspondent 2020-01-30
HYDERABAD: Vegetable market traders have been given one day`s time to shift to New Sabzi Mandi along Lined Channel or face action on Friday after the administration imposed Section 144 CrPC on the old vegetable market on Hali Road with the approval of provincial government to stop trade activities.

A group of traders including vegetable and fruit wholesalers were called by an administration of ficer and told that they should shif t their businesses to the new site of the mandi.

Deputy Commissioner Ayesha Abro said that the traders had been given only one day`s time and thereaf ter the administration would take action under Section 144 to implement orders of judicial commission on water supply and sanitation which had ordered shifting of the market.The traders including Altaf Memon, Najmuddin Qureshi, Ziauddin, Haji Ikhtiar and Abdul Jabbar Arain met additional deputy commissioner-I Liaquat Kalhoro on Wednesday in this connection.

According to Najmuddin, administrator of market committee Shaukat Mastoi has not handed over possession of plots to wholesale fruit sellers and commission agents whose cases did not involve any disputes.

`We are ready to shift our businesses but we are being told to shift trade under open sheds without demarcating our plots in the mandi which is just mindboggling,` he said.

DC Ayesha Abro said that some cases of plots were mired in litigation and multiple claims. These cases were pending adjudication by courts.

But, Najmuddin said, there were no disputes in cases of vegetable wholesalers. A committee was formed to scrutinise the claims, she said.