September 23, 2023
Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued a list of guidelines for weekly markets that they cannot be held by encroaching footpaths or pavements etc.
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Madhav Jagtap, Deputy Commissioner, Encroachment/Illegal Construction Removal Department, PMC said, “On September 21, PMC senior officials had a meeting in which, as per citizens’ complaints & incidents noticed by PMC, a set of rules were finalized wherein the aathavdi bazaars (weekly markets) in Pune would not be able to install their businesses by encroaching pavements, footpaths etc which would be troublesome for pedestrians.”
As per further information from Jagtap, the PMC is finalizing the list of designated places where these weekly markets can install their businesses. The list will be finalized within the next week’s time.
Jagtap held a meeting with the group of farmers. In that, some decisions were taken mainly for the planning of weekly markets. Several other things like farmers should have done regular audits and payment of various taxes from the establishment of weekly bazaars till the end. Also, before starting a farmer’s market, the farmers’ groups or farmers’ companies should be registered with the municipal office and official approval should be obtained etc were explained.
Farmers, farmers’ groups, farmers’ companies and organizations selling agricultural products in farmers’ markets are obliged to become permanent members of the organizing body. A regulation has been prepared that without the permission of the Pune Agriculture Department and Pune Municipal Corporation, farmers will not be able to organize the weekly market.