Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority management has initiated cases for cancellation of allotment of 10 stalls for overcharging while 50 stallholders have been warned over nonconforming use of the allotted category, the CDA officials said yesterday.

The directorates of security and municipal administration of the Capital Development Authority paid surprise visits to the CDA weekly bazaars to inspect the provision of quality food items at concessional rates, display of rate lists and overall conditions of the bazaars.

During the inspections, the cases of missing rate lists, encroachments within and outside the bazaar premises, nonconforming use of the stalls with regard to the allotted category and illegal parking were reported. The cleanliness of the bazaars, especially the upkeep of the vegetable section and the facilities for the visitors, were also not up to the mark in some sections of the weekly bazaars. The condition of the cleanliness, especially in the toilets, and security measures were also reported not up to the standard.

The CDA management has initiated cases for the cancellation of allotment of ten stalls while 50 stalls holders have been warned on nonconforming use of the allotted category. Sugarcane extracting machines installed illegally in the bazaars have been removed, two food stalls have been challaned for provision of low quality food and some vegetable stalls have also been warned for not displaying approved rate lists. The administration has also warned the CDA weekly bazaars management to have a check on the stallholders for provision of quality essential use items at the approved rates. The encroachers have also been warned to remove the encroachments and clear the footpaths and passages. The weekly bazaars management has been directed to ensure comprehensive security arrangements, cleanliness and proper parking of the vehicles outside the bazaars.

The CDA management has reiterated to take all-out measures to provide quality food items to the citizens at rates lower than the markets of Islamabad so that the objective of these weekly bazaars could be achieved. The CDA management has directed the bazaar administration to improve the feedback mechanism so that the complaints of the residents could be listened and responded accordingly. The management has further directed that the cleanliness of these bazaars should be maintained in accordance with hygienic standards. The management reiterated that due to consistent increase in number of consumers, weekly bazaars have gained more importance and the authority would take all-out measures to provide public with maximum benefits. All stallholders have been directed to display the rate list failing which strict action would be taken.

Meanwhile, a meeting to review the arrangements for upcoming Kisan Convention in Islamabad was held at Jinnah Convention Centre on Sunday. The meeting was presided over by the Federal Minister for Agriculture (Ministry of National Food Security and Research) Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan while Federal Secretary for National Food Security and Research Seerat Asgher, Chairman Capital development Authority, Maroof Afzal, Member Engineering Shahid Sohail, Secretary Information Punjab Momin Agha, Senior officers of Islamabad police and officers of other concerned departments also attended the meeting.

Maroof Afzal said the CDA will play its due role in the upcoming Kisan Convention in Islamabad and utilize all available resources to facilitate the participants of the convention. He said the CDA has always encouraged healthy activities in Islamabad and will continue its traditions.