Islamabad: The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has announced its decision to set up a ‘hawker bazaar’ for cart pushers, adjacent to the city’s Sabzi Mandi (wholesale fruit and vegetable market), according to a news source.
On Sunday, the ICT Chief Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed toured the Sabzi Mandi in sector I-11 to examine the plans for this bazaar.
An official source revealed that the hawker bazaar will be established on three acres of land that’s owned by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). He said that the cart pushers and small vendors would be accommodated on this land and will not be allowed to enter or set up shops on the pavements of the wholesale market.
It is to be a three-months-trial-base bazaar, where people will sell their produce on fair price as they are not charged with the rent as is norm in the wholesale market. No construction will be allowed in the temporary bazaar and only cart pushers will be allowed to park inside to sell fruit and vegetables.
The chief commissioner also reviewed the price list issued by wholesale market and its implementation measures, as per the official press release. It was also mentioned Mr Amer Ali also stressed for hygiene maintenance and smooth traffic flow for the convenience of the citizens to be a top priority for the wholesale market. He directed for a market committee task force to be created for regular price monitoring.
The chief commissioner also directed the Directorate of Agriculture Extension Services and market committee to expedite the launch of the Tarlai Bazaar in a bid to facilitate the rural residents of Tarlai, Lehtrar Road, Khanna, Pindorian, Lakhwal and other adjoining locales. He also warned against the non-conforming use of the land in the wholesale market.