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Inauguration of upgraded vegetable market: BJP councillor ignores mayor, chooses senior citizens, chief engineer

When contacted, Joshi said that it was not a big function, so it was held at a small level.

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BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi (right) preferred to get inauguration of Apni Mandi done by chief engineer Mukesh Anand in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Express photo

ALL DOES not seem to be well among the Bharatiya Janata Party councillors. BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi preferred to get the inauguration of an upgraded vegetable market done by chief engineer Mukesh Anand and senior citizens of his area despite Mayor Arun Sood being from his party.

When contacted, Joshi said that it was not a big function, so it was held at a small level. “Rather we got the inauguration done by senior citizens and chief engineer. It was a very small function. No foundation stone was laid and a simple ribbon-cutting was done. When we organise a big function, we will definitely call dignitaries,” he said.

The mayor, who was away to Mumbai, was not available for comment.

The Apni Mandi situated in Sector 15 was revamped recently. A total budget of Rs 22 lakh was spent on this renovation work from the councillor’s fund.

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After the renovation, proper parking lots have come up and street lights have been installed. Now there is a 20-foot wide parking lot for two- and four-wheelers. Also, there is a new 8-ft pathway built inside the mandi.

Anand said, “We decided to give a new look to all the 12 Apni Mandis of the city and this one is the first to be finished.”

Joshi said, “Though it is a weekly Mandi, it is connected to the daily lives of residents. Around 80 per cent buyers are women who had to walk on uneven surface in winters and rainy season. Also, there was a big problem of parking tractor-trollies, tempos and private vehicles. These problems have now been rectified with this makeover.”

At another function wherein a group of shopkeepers of Sector 17 honoured Mayor Arun Sood — he left for Mumbai after this function — Senior Deputy Mayor Davesh Moudgil and Deputy Mayor Hardeep Singh did not turn up. Both Davesh and Hardeep cited personal reasons for not being able to attend the event.