RAWALPINDI - The subsidised bazaar in Sadiqabad, Chara Road, has been shut down for lack of interest by the people.
The bazaar had been established to facilitate the common man, but for lack of interest on the part of the public in visiting the bazaar, the items were getting stale, so the district administration decided to close it down, the bazaar in-charge, Saeed Toor, said. A housewife, Afza Adeel, said the Ramadan Bazaar at Sadiqabad presented a deserted look for lack of proper management. The district administration has decided to run only Atta Point and Market Committee stalls.
Meanwhile, expressing concern over nominal difference in the prices of domestic items, especially fruits and vegetables, the citizens of Rawalpindi have urged the Punjab government to ensure uniform supply of these items at subsidised rates in all markets rather than in a few ‘sasta’ bazaars in the city.
A survey revealed that people were reluctant to visit ‘sasta’ bazaars as prices of all items were actually higher than those in the open market and the checking staff was not available to take action on public complaints.
Fruit vendors suggested that there should be a proper mechanism to control prices at all levels, adding, “If we get fruits and vegetables at higher prices from the market, how can we sell them at cheaper rates?”