Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to establish Sasta Bazaars in Sector G-10, I-9, G-6 and H-9 to ensure provision of quality edible items at concessional rates to the residents of the federal capital during the holy month of Ramazan.

Likewise, the district administration would set up Sasta bazaars at Tarlai, Bhara Kahu and Pakistan Town for residents of the areas, the official sources said.

A meeting in this regard was held here at CDA headquarters. On this occasion, member administration, director municipal administration and concerned officers of the weekly bazaars were also present. The member administration directed the concerned officers to establish “Sasta Bazaars” in weekly bazaars during the holy month of Ramazan. He further directed to ensure provision of quality edible items including fresh fruits and vegetables in these bazaars at concessional rates during Ramazan.

The member administration said that in addition to sasta bazaars, all weekly bazaars would remain functional on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday during the month of Ramazan.

He directed that the concerned formations of the authority for provision of all edible items particularly, fresh fruits, vegetables, meat on concessional rates. He directed Director Municipal Administration to hold talks with the stallholders for reduction in prices of all edible items so that the people could buy food items of their choice at concessional rates in sasta bazaars.

He also directed the concerned staff to strictly monitor the prescribed prices of all food items, adding that all stallholders would ensure displaying of price list at their respective stalls.

All bazaars established between Khanna and Rawat areas would be inspected by district administration and rate rationalisation as well as quality will be ensured.

To keep check on profiteers and quality on food items, it has been also decided to ensure coordination along district administration, Islamabad police, Capital Development Authority (CDA) and representatives of all food commodities union.

The district price control committee (DPCC) would overall monitor activities for lower prices and quality control of food commodities during Ramazan, the sources maintained.

Price of milk would remain fixed at Rs 80 per litre whereas yogurt would be available at Rs 100 per kilogram. Milk is being sold at present at rate of Rs 110 per litre in Islamabad, yogurt at Rs 110 per kilogram, and it seems difficult to reduce prices of both items.

The district administration has decided that milk and meat coming from out station shall be checked at entry point to ensure quality and representatives of trade unions and district administration shall be present.