Ramazan bazaar timings extended till 9pmArchive
LAHORE: The City District Government of Lahore (CDGL) on Friday extended the closing hours of all 31 Ramazan bazaars from 6pm to 9pm on the direction of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif so as to enable the public to shop even after Iftar timings.
The timings were extended after the CM visited the Ramazan Bazaar in Township on Friday and sought public feedback regarding arrangements.
The people requested the CM to extend the timings of Ramazan bazaars till 9pm. On another demand, he also directed the authorities concerned to make available Baisan (gram powder) in 1/2kg packing.
The CM promised the people that the prices and quality of edibles would be strictly monitored during Ramazan. According to a spokesman for the city administration, DCO retired Capt Muhammad Usman issued a notification regarding the new timings for Ramazan bazaars.
He also directed the officials concerned to make arrangements for lighting in all bazaars.
In another notification, the CDGL has further reduced prices of various commodities.
The new prices of gram daal (special), masoor daal (moti imported), mash daal (washed imported), white chana (mota) and Baisan would be Rs112, Rs132, Rs240, Rs140 and Rs120 per kilo, respectively.
And all these items would be available in all Fair Price Shops in Ramazan bazaars.
The spokesman said the CDGL had set up 318 Madni dastarkhwans where at least 24,500 people, both male and female, broke their fast on Thursday.
He said 453 shopkeepers involved in overcharging were also arrested from open markets during the first three days of Ramazan.
Meanwhile, the commissioner visited various bazaars in Kasur and Lahore and sought sale of quality fruits there.
While Lahore Waste Management Company Managing Director Bilal Mustafa Syed reviewed the sanitation arrangements, including sweeping, washing, waste collection, transportation and public awareness activities, in various Ramazan bazaars.
He said a cleanup operation must be carried out before opening and after closing of all bazaars in every market.
The Turkish waste management company along with public representatives and the UC chairman also held an awareness drive in Muhammad Nagar locality on Friday.
The participants also visited area mosques and distributed the Ramazan calendars and awareness materials.
They requested the mosque administration to disseminate the message of cleanliness to the masses.
Published in Dawn, June 11th, 2016