Chandigarh State Agricultural Marketing Board would start holding Apni Mandis in Chandigarh. As of now Punjab Mandi Board is holding these mandis in various sectors in the city.
The decision has been taken after the Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi who is also Secretary, State Agricultural Marketing Board, on his visit to sector 26 Mandi spotted large number of Fruit and vegetable vendors encroaching upon the road, resulting in inconvenience to the general public.
Joshi directed that the roads should be kept free from encroachments for farmers/General Public, but at the same time the fruits/vegetable sellers should not lose their lively hood. To achieve both these motives, it was decided that these vendors be moved from sector 26 mandi but be settled in the Apni Mandies. These Apni mandies will be held at the existing venues of Punjab Mandi Board but on different days by Market Committee, Chandigarh.
Addressing the media persons in Chandigarh on Tuesday, Joshi said that to check the menace by unwanted vendors in Apni Mandis, the Marketing Board will issue identity cards to the vendors authorized to sell their products.
Market Committee will maintain the basic amenities such as drinking water and sanitation at these mandies. Nominal charges of Rs.70/ – and Rs-35/- will be taken from the venders and farmers for participating in these Apni mandies. The rates will be fixed by the Committee on the basis of the wholesale rates in Sector-26, Mandi. Residents of Chandigarh will get fresh fruits and vegetables twice a week, which they get once presently and that too at reasonable rates.
The Inauguration of Apni Mandi/ Kisan Mandi will take place by the Advisor to Administrator Chandigarh on April 7.
Joshi said that to check the weighing related problems, the weight and measurement inspector would be deputed in these mandis.