New veg­gie market is un­hy­gienic place

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Un­hy­gienic con­di­tions wors­ened by the mon­soon rains are plagu­ing the new veg­etable market that NMMC has set up be­hind Vashi bus de­pot to shift the ven­dors of sec­tor 9 market.

The new market on top of a nul­lah faces wa­ter­log­ging, foul smell, mosquitoes and other prob­lems lead­ing to com­plaints by ven­dors and res­i­dents who find pur­chas­ing veg­eta­bles from such un­hy­gienic area re­pul­sive.

The new market was set up in July af­ter the ven­dors were cleared from the road at sec­tor 9 market, where they had been oper­at­ing for years.

The hawk­ers are com­plain­ing that they have to sit amidst sludge, wa­ter and garbage in the area. They also have to shut their busi­ness and run for shel­ter when it starts to pour.

San­jay Gupta, a ven­dor, said: “There is a huge nul­lah flow­ing to the hold­ing pond. There is a strong stench em­a­nat­ing here al­ways. There is also wa­ter­log­ging which is lead­ing to breed­ing of mosquitoes. It has hit our busi­ness hard.”

Man­dakini Patil, an­other ven­dor, said: “There is no fa­cil­ity for us here, no sheds, no toi­lets, no drink­ing wa­ter. We seem to have been sim­ply dumped here by the civic au­thor­i­ties.”

A civic of­fi­cial said, “We are aware of the is­sue and will take steps to cor­rect the sit­u­a­tion.”

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