Street lights at Srinagar’s Parimpora fruit mandi were lying defunct for two months, local traders at the market said.
The wholesale fruit and vegetable market is one of the biggest of its kind in Kashmir.
“Traders and labourers face immense inconvenience in mornings and evenings,” said Mohammad Abdullah, a local trader, adding the concerned authorities were not paying a heed to the problem.
He said the Mandi witnessed heavy traffic jam in mornings with truckloads of fruits and vegetables sold and transported out of the market in routine.
Another local trader, Abdul Basit, said the traders made “repeated pleas” to the authorities but to no help. “Two months have passed but no official from the government visited us to resolve the problems the traders face due to low visibility,” he said.
“Authorities assure us of help everytime we visit them but things remain unchanged on the ground,” he said. “Even are even deprived of the basic demands.”
President, New Kashmir Fruit Association, Fruit Mandi Parimpora, Bashir Ahmad Bashir, told Rising Kashmir, “We have taken up the issue with the Horticulture Department who assured us that they will replace the faulty lights with new LED lights within a month.”
Director, Horticulture Planning and Marketing, Manzoor Ahmad, said, “Actually there was work going on to macadamize roads at the Mandi; otherwise the lights would have been repaired or replaced.”
“The lights would be repaired as soon as possible and LED lights would be installed in place of normal bulbs,” he said. “I have already given directions to the engineering wing,” he added.