LAHORE - The recent monsoon season spoiled the business and activities in sunday bazaars of the provincial capital.

The government allocated areas for sunday bazaars are coated with rainwater that creating troubles for stallholders and vendors as well as for the customers, since these bazaars are established at low lying areas where less buying trend has been witnessed in the monsoon season.

The authorities concerned seem to be indifferent in flushing out the rainwater from these bazaars that has added the troubles of vendors. On the other hand, despite the rainy season, the vendors and stallholders at the sunday bazaars are using unfair means to fleece the consumers by overcharging and hiding price lists issued by the market committees. The vendors are selling unhygienic and overpriced commodities allegedly under the cover of CDGL officials who are not checking the displayed price lists at the stalls. Many consumers opined that these bazaars required senior officers’ attention; otherwise they would continue to be cheated in the interest of selfish profiteering. Residents of different vicinities demanded the administration to take strict action against vendors selling low quality fruits and vegetables at high rates. The consumers suggested that the authorities concerned must act strictly in controlling the price of edible items, draining out water from the areas and cleaning the bazaars to attract the consumers to the sunday bazaars by taking it a responsibility.

Though the higher authorities are punishing the vendors by imposing fines and canceling stalls on account of overcharging and in violation of the rate lists, but they said, the punishment of such vendors is not sufficient as this is the matter of serious concern. The authorities are imposing fines of some hundred rupees on them in their performance sheets which seemed a ‘joke’ with the consumers. Although sunday markets have been known to offer good quality commodities at fair prices, the situation has changed as only substandard fruits and vegetables adorn the bazaar stalls now. They proposed that the fine must be increased to chunk all the stallholders of the city. Further, the administrators increased prices of 13 vegetables while reviewing the weekly rates which also marred the worth and usefulness of these bazaars for the citizens and especially for the regular consumers. Despite the orders of district government, many shopkeepers do not display price lists on their shops and many of them failed to admit that they were selling poor quality goods, saying instead that their customers are satisfied.