Thane-based activist Nitin Deshpande has written a letter to Thane civic chief Aseem Gupta stating that the decision given to ban weekly market is not justified as it is a concept across India and is the cultural heritage of the city.
In his letter, submitted to the commissioner, he states that the decision taken in standing committee to bar the weekly market in Thane would destroy the cultural heritage that has been an inseparable part of the city.
Deshpande says "In the weekly market, the farmers bring many things for display which are rarely seen nowadays. There are fabrics, handmade clothes and many other things. In fact, the market doesn't only provide them with an opportunity to showcase their products but, it gives them employment too. The tribals, to some extent have preserved the art and culture of the city and banning these markets would be like banning our culture." In Thane, the weekly market is organised at Kishan Nagar, Lokmanya Nagar and Manpada, where people across Thane districts come to Thane to earn their living and display their skills.
Deshpande feels, "Rather than banning the market, the corporation should look at ways to promote it. 20% places should be reserved for these kinds of markets in malls and they should be included in the heritage list." He further says, "It is true that the market affects the vehicular movement of the area but we should look at relocating the venue than banning the market."
In Mumbai too, weekly market is a popular concept and they have also been relocated at many places. In fact, these are considered heritage which are beneficial for the consumers and those who organise small shops.
The activist condemns the arbitrary decision of the corporation and feels that many development activities are being done in city, hence small measures can definitely be taken to enhance the ways these markets are organised and how they can be uplifted and absorbed in mainstream.
TMC PRO Sandeep Malvi says, "We still have to take a decision, so we will look into the matter and see what can be done."