In Bandrol -in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh- the construction of a fruit market has been underway for the last six years. The construction of the yard has been pending since October 2014 when the then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had laid the foundation stone of the project.
Still waiting for things to get really started, fruit agents are running their business from makeshift shops. The entire market yard is covered under tarpaulins; temporary shops have been constructed.
Shyam Kullvi, an apple grower from Kullu district: “This market yard is a central place for apple orchardists from the Kullu-Manali region and they prefer to sell their produce here. In the absence of proper infrastructure, apple growers are suffering. During rains, the yard area turns into a pool.”
Mohan Lal Thakur, president of the Fruit Agents Association, Bandrol, said: “At least 125 fruit agents are running their business from temporary shops at the yard. We urge the state to provide us proper infrastructure.”
The construction of the yard has been pending since October, 2014 when minister Virbhadra Singh laid the foundation stone of the project. The estimated cost of the project at that time was Rs71.7 mln (€789,000), but it has now escalated to Rs100 mln (€1.1 mln).