Pune: No Weekly Markets On Footpath, PMC To List Designated Places (Photo credit: Unsplash)
Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued guidelines that say weekly markets can no longer be held by encroaching footpaths, pavements and more. The civic body will finalise a list of designated places by next week where the vendors could install their businesses. The decision was taken after citizens complained about the markets being troublesome.
Madhav Jagtap, Deputy Commissioner, Encroachment/Illegal Construction Removal Department at PMC, told Pune Pulse, “On September 21, PMC senior officials had a meeting in which, as per citizens’ complaints & incidents noticed by PMC, a set of rules were finalised wherein the aathavdi bazaars (weekly markets) in Pune would not be able to install their businesses by encroaching pavements, footpaths etc which would be troublesome for pedestrians.”
Jagtap further said the list of designated places for weekly markets would be finalised within next week.
According to the publication, the official also held a meeting with farmers to discuss the issue and plan for weekly markets. Issues of regular audits, payment of taxes from the establishment of weekly bazaars were also discussed.
In the meeting, it was also said that before opening a farmer’s market, the farmers’s groups or companies must be registered with the municipal office and a formal approval should be obtained.
Farmers, farmers' associations, farmers' businesses, and organisations that sell agricultural goods in farmers' markets are required to join the organising body as permanent members. A rule has also been created stating that farmers are not allowed to arrange the weekly market without the consent of the Pune Agriculture Department and PMC.