Court case delayed sabzi mandi work, says minister

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 9

Agriculture Minister Virender Kanwar today said the government was making all possible efforts to set up a sabzi mandi at Totu but the delay had been there as the matter was in court.

Replying to the issue raised by Vikramaditya Singh under Rule 62 in the Vidhan Sabha today, Kanwar disclosed that 14 bigha forest land had been identified and forest clearance obtained for the sabzi mandi. He reiterated his government's resolve to complete the project which had been stalled due to a court case.

He said it was only once the case pertaining to vacating the land by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam and gaushala is decided that work on the sabji mandi can be started.

The minister revealed that forest clearance for the project had been obtained in 2018 and tenders too had been awarded but the contractor delayed start of work, for which he had been penalised.

Earlier Vikramaditya said the issue did not concern Totu alone but the state capital. He said assurance had been given by the Chief Minister that work would be completed within a year which had not been fulfilled.

Vikramaditya said the construction of the sabzi mandi would go a long way in easing out pressure on Shimla town.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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