HAVING WORKED in other parts of the city, around 40 scrap dealers shifted the kabari market to Sarangpur in 2004.
This market is among several scrap dealers’ markets that are running without any authorisation for a long time now. Selling items from old furniture to iron material, this market draws people from different parts of Chandigarh.
“We sell different kinds of old material here; basically, whatever is required by the customer,” says Arun Kumar, a scrap dealer. “Mostly, factory people come to us and purchase our material.”
This market was set up in 2012. Before coming to Sarangpur, these dealers say their base was at Palsora. But they had to shift after the authorities acquired the land from the farmers.
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“This market here is three-four years old,” says Phool Singh, a scrap dealer who deals in furniture. “I was selling these items at Palsora earlier for more than 12 years.”
Two years ago, the authorities had demolished this scrap market once. But on the intervention of political leaders, these dealers rebuilt the market. Now it is local MP Kirron Kher who, the scrap dealers say, has promised to support them.
The dealers claim that the Centre has even written a letter to the UT Administration that some land should be given to them. But the orders were never implemented. “We have documents and also a letter from the Centre that we should be given some land,” says Singh. “But nothing is happening.”
These dealers, who have set up these small shops, are paying a rent of Rs 5,500 to 6,000 per month to the farmers who own the land. “The rent is not fixed. It varies from farmer to farmer,” adds Singh.
While this market is not registered in the government records, all these scrap dealers are pinning their hopes on the political parties, which would come to their rescue in case the authorities take any action.
“Every dealer has political affiliation. So I don’t know if any official would come and demolish this market,” says Ram Singh, another scrap dealer.
According to these dealers, the market, which was started in 2012 initially, had only 10-12 shops. But over the years, the number has increased and now the number of the shops has reached 40.