VC JDA tours Ware House Nehru Market, assesses development requirements

VC JDA Pankaj Magotra listening to the issues of traders of Ware House Nehru Market in Jammu.
VC JDA Pankaj Magotra listening to the issues of traders of Ware House Nehru Market in Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 23: Vice Chairman Jammu Development Authority (JDA) Pankaj Magotra today conducted a tour of Ware House-Nehru Market and took stock of works required for development of this biggest and oldest wholesale grain mandi of Jammu.
President Traders Federation Ware House (WHTF) Nehru Market Deepak Gupta and other office bearers of Federation also accompanied the VC JDA. On the occasion, members of WHTF raised several issues pertaining to the development of the market.
Deepak Gupta apprised Pankaj Magotra about the problems faced by businessmen of the mandi. Issue related to ownership rights and godown space for traders was discussed with VC JDA. He said that the trading community of Warehouse-Nehru Market, an oldest wholesale market of Jammu is facing a lot of congestion due to lack of space with an increase in the business establishments since 1956.
“The 4th generation is working in warehouse and facing a lot of problems because they don’t have any space for the night stay of outside traders who come to the warehouse for business activities. Thousands of workers are forced to spend nights in the open because they can’t construct shelters for them,” Gupta said and requested the VC JDA to give ownership rights to shopkeepers so that they can construct rooms on the first floor of shops for night stay of labour and outsider traders.
He also stressed on the need of enhancing capacity of the parking lot in ware house and also demanded to construct a separate parking for trucks and other load carriers along Tawi river banks. He also requested to install High Mast Lights in the mandi and install new street lights by removing the damaged lights.
Speaking on the occasion, the VC JDA assured the members of Federation that their demands would be taken care of in a serious and time bound manner.
Other office bearers and former presidents of the Federation were also present on the occasion.