LAHORE - DCO Noor ul Amin Mengal during surprise visits to Tajpura and Sadr Sunday bazaars took notice of poor arrangements at the bazaars and ordered the officials to improve their performance and provide maximum facilities to the consumers.

He warned the administration of Sunday bazaars that he would take strict departmental action against the irresponsible staff of all the Sunday bazaars of the City. The DCO expressed his infliction over the unsatisfactory cleaning condition of Sunday bazaars and ordered to pay special attention on cleanliness. The DCO also took notice of selling of rotten and substandard vegetables and fruits and directed the market committee and administration that he would not tolerate any sale selling of low quality edibles including vegetables and fruits.

H also wasted rotten vegetables and fruits on the spot. The DCO Lahore directed the administration of Sunday bazaars to work more effectively to provide more facilities to the citizens. During his visits, DCO received written and verbal complaints of consumers regarding arrangements and issued orders on the spot for their reddressal. He also directed the administration of bazaars that only good quality of essential commodities to be sold. He further said that the cold drinking water should be provided at bazaars and open places should be covered with tents keeping in view the summer season. The DCO said that main purpose of these bazaars is to provide quality commodities to citizens on cheap prices.

Prices of veggies show downward trend:  The prices of veggies decreased this week at Sunday Bazaars after increasing for two consecutive weeks while chicken prices remained high due to short supply.

Out of 25 registered vegetables with the market committee, prices of 12 decreased, 4 increased and 10 remained constant. Prices of tomato, onion, ginger, garlic, lady finger, cucumber and spinach decreased while prices of potatoes, cauliflower and bringle remained stable. Chicken prices also remained high and it was sold for Rs 230 per kilogrammes. This week in Sunday bazaars, the official price of potato was increased by Re 1 per kg and fixed at Rs20 per kg. Price of onion was decreased and fixed at Rs20 per kg.

Rate of tomato was further down and fixed at Rs30 per kg. Garlic, China, rate was also down by Rs5 per kg and fixed at Rs68 per kg. Garlic, India, rate was stable at Rs 60 to 70 per kg but sold at Rs100 per kg. Price of ginger, China, was stable at Rs50 to 60 per kg. Ginger, Thailand, price was reduced by Rs 5 per kg and fixed at Rs 40 to 45 per kg. Spinach, farm, price was reduced by Re 1 per kg and fixed at Rs10 per kg while rotten spinach, farm, was sold at Rs8 per kg. Brinjal rate was reduced by Rs10 per kg and fixed at Rs40 per kg. Price of cucumber was decreased by Rs5 per kg and fixed at Rs10 per kg. Cabbage rate was fixed at Rs8 to 10 per kg from Rs 10 to 15 per kg. Cauliflower price was increased by Rs 9 to 12 per kg and fixed at Rs15 to 20 per kg form Rs 6 to 8 per kg but was not available there and outside the bazaars sold at Rs 50 per kg. Pumpkin price was raised by Rs  per kg and fixed at Rs 55 per kg and sold at Rs 60 per kg. Price of peas was stable at Rs45 per kg. Price of capsicum was stable at Rs40 per kg. Price of green chili was also stable at Rs60 per kg but sold at Rs80 per kg. Lemon, Desi, rate was fixed at Rs80 and lemon, China, at Rs50 per kg.

Clashes were also seen at several parking stands of the makeshift markets of the provincial capital as the visitors refused to pay parking fee while the contractors’ staff demanded parking charges from them by showing the letters issued by the district government authorities, though the DCO had exempted the fee. It is to be noted that the DCO, Lahore, on April 5 in a meeting had exempted the parking fee from all Sunday bazaars to facilitate the visitors.