Weekly bazaars: Complaints of food shortage, poor quality pour in
RAWALPINDI: People on Sunday lashed out at the city district administration for sale of poor quality vegetables and fruits at weekly bazaars after Eidul Fitr.
They also complained of short supply of foodstuff at these bazaars set up basically to cater for low-income groups. Complaints about filthiness also poured in.
Some stallholders blasted market committees for not putting up tents to prevent them from sunlight.
These weekly bazaars are held at Chungi No 22, Chore Chowk, Haider Chowk, Committee Chowk, Double Road and Dhoke Kala Khan.
Market Committee In-charge Muhammad Munir said most of the stallholders, who were non-locals, had yet to return from their hometowns where they had gone to celebrate Eid.
He also said weekly bazaars attracted a low turnout. He said things would return to normal today (Monday).
Munir said Tehsil Municipal Administration and the district government were responsible for cleanliness and putting up tents at weekly bazaars and they were doing the job well.
He said market committees had no powers to fine stallholders for overcharging. He, however, said the committee issued stallholders overcharging or misbehaving with visitors.
A vendor, Muhammad Din, said market committees charged a stallholder Rs 50 and a bazaar consisted of 250 to 300 stalls. He said market committees provided stallholders with no facilities.
During a survey, it was found that overall food prices were almost the same as they were a week ago.
However, rates of tomato, ladyfinger, chicken and guava registered an upward trend and those of lemon and pomegranate a decline.
This Sunday, tomato was selling at Rs 60 per kg against last Sundayís Rs 38 per kg, ladyfinger at Rs 30 per kg against last Sundayís Rs 26 per kg and chicken at Rs 108 per kg against last Sundayís Rs 99 per kg.
A 20kg bag of flour, which was in great demand, was sold at Rs 410 against the retail price of Rs 420. People lined up at weekly bazaars to buy flour at controlled rate.