FISH MAR­KET AT URAN NE­GLECTED, AL­LEGE VEN­DORS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

URAN: The fish mar­ket con­structed by Uran Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil ( UMC) eight years ago is lan­guish­ing. It lacks ba­sic ameni­ties caus­ing prob­lems for both the cus­tomers and the sell­ers.

The mar­ket was con­structed af­ter pulling down the old struc­ture. How­ever, no fa­cil­i­ties were pro­vided.

The main en­trance of the mar­ket has been shut and a new en­trance built be­hind the mar­ket. The main en­trance area has been given to chicken ven­dors, lead­ing cus­tomers to think that the mar­ket is shut. This has af­fected the busi­ness of ven­dors. They said the cus­tomers have to take a longer route to en­ter the mar­ket and their busi­ness has been af­fected.

With UMC not mak­ing any pro­vi­sion for drain­ing of wa­ter from the fish mar­ket, it leads to wa­ter­log­ging.

Prakash Bha­gat, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said: “Of­ten cus­tomers have to make their way through the stag­nated wa­ter. There have been sev­eral in­ci­dents of cus­tomers slip­ping and fall­ing in the mar­ket.”

He added, “Wa­ter­log­ging has turned the area into a breed­ing ground for mos­qui­tos. Why would cus­tomers want to come to the mar­ket?”

Naresh Tandel, a ven­dor, said: “The ven­dors them­selves face a ma­jor prob­lem as there are no toi­lets in the mar­ket. There is no fa­cil­ity of drink­ing wa­ter ei­ther. De­spite this, the ven­dors have to pay Rs10 in the morn­ing and Rs10 in the evening as tax for use of the premises.”

Since there is no wa­ter in the mar­ket, the fish ven­dors use wa­ter from a pri­vate well. UMC of­fi­cials said they would look into the is­sue and take ac­tion.

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