This time also the traders were not sure, but the promptness of the authorities looking into the future prospects of the ruling party proved to be a 'surprise'. It was announced that the CM would lay the foundation stone at 11 a.m. on March 05. In the Evening of March 4, the news came in that the EC was going to announce election dates at 10.30 a.m. on March 05. The situation was embarrassing for the authorities, but they conveniently managed to advance the programme for 9.30 a.m.
It was a surprise for the traders and local people when they heard that the foundation stones for the four (4) municipal markets were to be laid at the same location of Ulubari Bazar, whereas the name of Ulubari Market was missing in the list.
The GMC markets for whom the ceremony was held were Ganeshguri, Fatasheel, Rup Nagar and Pub Sarania markets. The pictures of all the four 'future markets' were displayed. Except the Ganeshguri market other markets were not informed about the timings and the site, where the foundation stone of their markets were to be held.
Interestingly, no stone was used in the 'foundation stone' laying ceremony. The thick plastic boards were used in lieu of marble stones. The banner put on the function displayed the names of dignitaries including the PWD minister, who could not be seen at the stage.
Before the local people could know about the official plans and fate of those markets the ceremony was over by 10 a.m. and people could know about the programme only after looking the traffic jams on the roads. Was it not a mockery, people have to decide themselves?
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