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Vegetable crisis in G'gram hits rock bottom.

OVER 20 lakh residents of Millennium City are being deprived of vegetables and fruits for the last three days because of the ongoing strife between wholesalers and the market committee of Gurugram.

The situation is so alarming that residents are being forced to buy vegetables from Delhi or the subtown of Sohna.

Moreover, the district administration and market committee have failed to arrange for alternative sources to provide for these daily domestic needs. The situation in Gurugram is as such that even the roadside dhabas and eateries have run out of raw vegetables.

The crisis started when the wholesale vegetable and fruit associations of Khandsa Anaj mandi -- comprising over 250 stockists -- demanded written assurance from officials of the market committee on the allotment of tin shade space inside the premises. There is four acres of land inside the Mandi that the market committee had acquired six months ago for the construction of five permanent shades in a systematic way.

" Khandsa Anaj Mandi is known to bring in ` 4 crore to ` 5 crore of business daily. The market committee had proposed to construct permanent shades which had been approved by higher authorities.

We have served notices to them to vacate lands for the construction. Instead of doing so, they went on strike because they did not trust our verbal assurance," said Sudesh Gupta, secretary, EO, market committee, Gurugram.

The market committee assuring verbally for allotment of permanent shades to current stokists but they have not faith on it. " We have been in business for the past 32 to 35 years. The market committee had given us verbal assurances twice earlier, but did not keep their word. We have no faith in them and we do not want to be displaced from here again," said Inderjeet Singh Thakran, president of Khandsa Anaj Mandi association.

" We want written assurance from the market committee and district administration. If they don't give it to us, we will continue with the strike," Thakkran added.

Wholesalers & market committee lock horns

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Date:Sep 8, 2016
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