Bijbehara Fruit Mandi To Be Functional Soon: Sham

Deputation led by MLA Veeri calls on Horti Minister

Srinagar - A deputation of fruit growers and traders of south Kashmir, headed by former Minister and MLA Bijbehara called on the Minister for Horticulture, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma, here today and discussed the issues relating to the development  of horticulture and proper disposal of horticulture products to different destinations.

The deputationists apprised the Minister that there is no terminal fruit market to cater to the needs of the fruit growers of the south Kashmir. They urged him to take necessary steps to develop a full-fledged terminal fruit market at Bijbehara which is centrally located place. The Minister was informed that construction of infrastructure was taken up by the Government at the proposed site some time back, but it needs to be developed on the modern lines to cater to the needs of the fruit growers of the entire south Kashmir, which is rich in the fruit production.

Maintaining that business community associated with the horticulture industry is facing lot of hardship in the absence of fruit market and growers have to move to other areas to dispose off their products, the deputationists urged the Minister to personally intervene in the matter and clear all the bottlenecks in the way of construction of market at Bijbehara, for which the project was formulated many years back.

The Minister gave patient hearing to the deputationists and said that a team of officers of the Planning and Development Department will make the on-spot assessment of the land and other aspects at the earliest and will give their report on the status of the present affairs. He assured the MLA and Members of the deputation that Government will explore all possibilities to make this important fruit mandi functional at the earliest.

Director Horticulture, Mr. Mohammad Saleem, Director (Planning and Marketing), Mr. Attaullah Rehman Natnoo, Managing Director, JKHPMC Syed Rafiq Ahmed were also present on the occasion.

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