JAMMU, June 16: Director Horticulture (P&M) Vishesh Mahajan today visited Narwal Mandi where he reviewed ongoing projects and listened to the issues of Jammu Fruit Association.
Mahajan conducted a detailed meeting with the members of Jammu Fruit Association led by its president Davender Gupta, vice president Ashok Kumar Gupta and general secretary Nitin Jain and Vegetable Association led by president Surinder Singh, vice president Vishal Kohli and general secretary Ankur. All the officials of the department and engineering wing were present in the meeting.
The Director was apprised by members of the two associations about some burning issue that they are facing in the Mandi and needed immediate attention. Members requested for extension of lease deeds and at the same time asked for completion of Auction shed in Phase-I.
Mahajan asked the concerned officials to act on the demands raised by the associations and provide the necessary facilities in the Mandi like water and anteen. He directed the engineering wing of the department to expedite work on pending projects and instructed that they may be completed within next fifteen days.
The Director informed the members of the Associations that the Fruit & Vegetable Mandi is under Smart City Project and amount to the tune of Rs 12 crore has been envisaged for creating various facilities. He conveyed to the members that extra facilities will be coming up in near future in the Mandi that would be beneficial for growers/traders.
Regarding the space shortage for parking of trucks, Director assured the Fruit and Vegetable Association that the department will take up the matter with NHPC for renting out the land to the department so that during the peak season the extra inflow of trucks in the mandi can be managed well.
While touring the Fruit and Vegetable Market, Director asked the shopkeepers to desist from encroachments and offer cooperation with officials for better maintenance of the Mandi. During the discussions with the Mandi people, Director asked for support from them in keeping the Mandi clean and hygienic.