The garbage left behind by weekly market vendors troubles citizens, while vendors claim they pay the GHMC to clear the waste.
For the last one year in Hyderabad, citizens have a new facility —the weekly bazaars.
Of late, local farmers and retailers are setting up a weekly market in each locality. When this system was introduced locals were happy but it has now become a nuisance due to the lack of system and discipline.
They set up these markets in small lanes. It blocks the traffic on market days.
They set up the market at 5pm and are open till late in the night. They also leave a trail of garbage behind. “They set it up outside my shop blocking the way for my customers. They don’t listen. We are suffering without any solution in sight,” said Nithin Jain, owner of a shop.
This situation has led to some colonies refusing permission for the market.
“A group of vendors asked us permission to set up weekly market in our colony but we refused as we knew that the consequences would be bad,” said Sudha K, committee member of Yadamma Nagar colony.
“It’s causing serious problems to our residents. The vegetables they leave behind are rotten. The road gets mushy and chances of one slipping are high,” complains Sarah S, media professional.
Accumulation of waste is not entirely the vendors’ problem.
Vendors have a deal with the GHMC for clearing waste. Each vendor pays `4 to the GHMC for this task but the Corporation does not do its duty. “We give them money so it is their job. If they don’t, we can’t help it,” said Malesh K one of the vendors. Vendors said in hushed tones that in some places corporators collect their ‘cut’ and so do the local police.
Corporators, Postnoon contacted, said that they are aware of this issue but are helpless.
“It’s their (vendors) right to sell. It’s helping the residents, so a little inconvenience one should tolerate. Often we try cleaning the waste but sometimes it gets delayed,” said Geetha Rani, Alwal corporator.
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