Commissioner of Rawalpindi Division, Liaqat Ali Chatha, inaugurates a new Rawat Fruit Market route from Swan Adda to Fruit Mandi Rawat, emphasizing the route’s convenience for both fruit market visitors and other passengers.
The inaugural ceremony, held at the Commissioner Office Rawalpindi, saw the presence of Additional Commissioner Coordination Syed Nazarat Ali, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Shamsur Rahman, Secretary RTA Rashid Ali, Director Agriculture Culture Shahid Bukhari, and a substantial number of transporters.
New Rawat Fruit Market Route Inauguration Ceremony
Commissioner Chatha highlighted the longstanding absence of a dedicated Fruit/Vegetable market in Rawalpindi at the event, stating that more than forty years had passed without such a facility. Acknowledging the vital need for citizens, a 6.5-acre vegetable and fruit market near Rawat was swiftly established within four days. Commissioner Chatha assured ongoing improvements and future expansion for the market, with plans to enhance the Chak Baili Road U-turn in front of Mandi.
While the buying and selling of fruits and vegetables in the market have been successful, citizens faced accessibility challenges. In response, a new van route has been initiated to address this issue. Route permits have been issued to 20 vehicles in the first phase, and plans for feeder buses along with the metro track are in progress.
Commissioner Chatha highlighted that prices in Rawat’s vegetable and fruit market are 15-20% lower than market rates. He also instructed providing cold storage in the market for better storage facilities. Security measures have been implemented, with four security guards deployed to ensure customer safety. Additionally, 8-10 sweepers have been assigned to enhance cleanliness, and rent-free sheds have been provided in the vegetable market for the initial four months, followed by a reasonable rent.
Chatha expressed gratitude to transporters for their cooperation in establishing the market and stressed the joint effort needed to make it successful. To improve market services and address citizen complaints, a 5-member committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Assistant Commissioner Saddar, according to Commissioner Laiqat Ali Chatha.