Construction Of G-6 Market Bears No Fruit

The slow pace of work on construction of a new Sunday market in Sector G-6 is inconveniencing shoppers and causing financial losses to stallholders.

Sunday markets are a great source of relief to the middle and lower middle classes, as they offer a variety of items, including edibles, decoratoins and clothes, at cheap rates compared to any other market in the town.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) had temporarily shifted the market to a small unpaved area at its back about eight months ago to set up shops and stalls in an organised manner. However, the work does not seem to be ending. People avoid visiting the market when it rains, as the entire area gets covered in mud. There are no arrangements for shelter from rain.

Stallholders complained of poor sales since the shifting of the market to the area. They accuse the government of ruining business that was doing great at the previous location.

The stallholders believe that the government had sold them down the river, as they were told that the new market would be constructed within three months but it has now been almost eight months with the government demanding three more months to finish the job.

On the other hand, Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials claim that the project is going according to the schedule and that the new market would be inaugurated on March 31.

Since the market is situated close to a residential area, Sunday severely inconveniences area residents with a sea of cars on the adjoining roads inching their way into and out of the market, leaving almost no space for people to drive comfortably on the roads.

1 Comment so far

  1. Sajjad (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    Such markets should have been planned to be away from residential areas or Markaz centers. The one near I-10 is a good example. Though Pakistanis have a nasty habit of surrounding such areas with all kinds of shops, stalls and shanty towns, the CDA can take care of that with better planning and enforcement.

    The center of G-6 should have been reserved for more immediate requirements (hospitals, convenience stores, entertainment center etc.) than a madrassa and wholesale market.

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