Strike by vegetable vendors of Puri

Last updated on March 21st, 2019 at 10:16 am

The vegetable market is important destinations for citizens to garner and gather different vegetables for consumption at home. Most times elders, reach there and bought out relevant vegetables in order to make way for preparation of dishes at home.

Security of the vegetable market is paramount:

  • With the advent of Nabakallebar of Lord Jagannath, various spaces in and around the Jagannath temple of Puri are now widened.
  • This is related to security concern.
  • If one looks at the number of shops in and around Puri temple are unbelievable to understand.
  • As we can know how such small shops are allowed in these locations in the first place.
  • The entire area is now squeezed into a very narrow place which was once better known as the wider place.
  • A brilliant area where most of the devotees come and take the blessing of the Almighty.

The grand road needs to be sanitized from unwanted temporary vendors:

  • In recent years, due to the order of honorable High Court of Odisha, the surroundings in and around Temple of Jagannath of Puri needs to be sanitized.
  • Cordoned of mainly for the reason of security concerns as well as for the reason of creating wider space in and around the temple area.
  • If you have ever gone to Puri town and near to the main temple you will find one market namely Laxmi market.
  • Where the biggest vegetable market of in and around the district of Puri can be seen and experienced.
  • There are just so many people in and around roaming there and without any security concerns.
  • Hoards of vegetables are gathered for auction in Laxmi market nearer to Puri Jagannath temple.
  • Most of the retail business persons reach there in the morning time before sunrise and flock foods and gathered all vegetables from there.
  • Goes back to other markets to sell these vegetables at different locations.
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Grand road is cut shorts through municipal market vegetable vendors:

  • Now, with the order of honorable High Court, that market now needs to be closed.
  • It is to be shifted to some other location, which government is wanting to give space to these retailers.
  • They are not willing to shift to a newer location and for this, there is the direct confrontation between the government and wholesale vegetable vendors for the last two days.
  • As of now, at the time of writing this article, the stalemate is continuing and entire progress of development is still not recognized.

Badashankha vegetable market is also on the roads beside Puri Main Hospital:

  • The second biggest vegetable market of Puri town of Lord Jagannath is nearer to the fag end of town nearer to Puri main hospital.
  • Where vegetable vendors in nearby districts come and bring vegetables from Laxmi market and sell there.
  • Unfortunately, when in this second market vegetable vendors open for selling, business persons of Laxmi market come and force them to close their selling.
  • In fact business, people of Laxmi market are from the local people who have been at Puri town for generations.
  • Whereas small business persons nearer to the vegetable market at Hospital square consist of outsiders.
  • They are afraid of local vegetable market vendors and forced their shop to close and as a result, the vegetable prices in Puri town for the last two days are touching sky-rocketing prices.
  • Which is making the matter worse for many citizens?
  • What is surprising the most is the total stalemate of administration and total mute from the executive as for the last two days.
  • These local business persons of Laxmi market are forcibly closing all the vegetable shops.
  • There is no one to stop them from taking laws into their hands.
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It leads to a mass increase of other food items:

  • In the next morning while crossing some local breakfast shops at the dawn of next morning, while doing the morning walk heard of small breakfast shops are talking about increasing prices of small breakfast items.
  • Which are now two rupees per piece to make it now 30 rupees per piece, which is surprising and the way the government is acting in these situations is making the entire situation worse.
  • Why there is no swift action on behalf of the law enforcing authorities when local vegetable vendors of Laxmi market use force to close down the selling of vegetables at Puri Hospital vegetable market.
  • The government should have anticipated this and should have come to act immediately and should have taken these vegetable vendors into preventive custody before they act fast.
  • It is tantamount to stopping such malicious elements from spreading viruses all over the society.
  • Countless people eat vegetables in order to maintain a good health.


  • With the stopping of the vegetable market for the last two days, many shop owners of the second biggest vegetable market in Puri town are now selling vegetables in mobile by riding a bicycle.
  • They are now selling cauliflower which was 10 rupees earlier now with 60 to 80 rupees per piece.
  • Which are highly exaggerating prices and selling vegetables at astronomically high prices can be deemed an offense?
This article was written by me on mohanmekap[.]com website and banadurga[.]blogspot[.]com on my blog on 20th January 2015.

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