HC issues showcause notice to Sector 26 market committee head

Irked over the mess prevailing in the Sector 26 grain market, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday issued showcause notice to the Chairman, Market Committee of Sector 26 for having failed to control the menace of encroachments in the grain market.

As a petition concerning the issue came up for resumed hearing, the High Court Friday issued showcause notices to the chairman asking him to explain why he not be removed from the post.

A division bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Ajay Tewari also directed the chairman to appear in person on the next date of hearing. The Bench remarked that the UT Administration was acting leniently against encroachments in the grain market, and that it had failed to initiate steps for their removal since April 12, the previous date of the hearing.

On the other hand, the counsel for the Chandigarh Administration apprised the bench that a meeting was convened by the UT Advisor on April 26 to discuss the issue and the decision of setting up a second grain, fruit and vegetable market in Sector 39 had been taken.

A site visit was also done by the UT Adviser, along with the home secretary and chief architect at the Sector 26 grain market and the proposed site in Sector 39. The High Court, on the previous date, had directed the Adviser to immediately convene a meeting to consider the feasibility of setting up another vegetable market in the city.

The Bench had also directed Chandigarh Administration and the chairman of the market committee to look into the mess existing in the Sector 26 grain market. The Bench remarked that 'inspector raj' was required to be abolished and that it was essential to bring about transparency in permitting vegetable hawkers in Sector 26.

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