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EYESORE: Powerpet Station Road, known as `Mango bazar' strewn with rotten fruits and garbage at Eluru.
EYESORE: Powerpet Station Road, known as `Mango bazar' strewn with rotten fruits and garbage at Eluru.

Staff Reporter

Mangoes sold on 200 pushcarts and in 30 shops in the bazar

ELURU: The Powerpet Station Road in the city seemingly takes pride in turning itself into a `mango bazar', playing host to the `king of fruits' in every season. But the euphoria proves to be short-lived for it at the end of the day.

As the day breaks, the mango bazar presents an eye-catching picture, with rows of fruits of different sizes adorning pushcarts and shops on either side of the road for a stretch of a kilometre, offering a feast to mango lovers. However, the bazar's elegance starts wearing away towards sunset. The eye-catching picture turns into an eyesore with heaps of hay used as a soft bed for the fruit to keep its freshness intact and the rotten fruits thrown around.

Shabby scene

Neither the fruit traders who turn the road into a make-shift mango bazar to make a fast buck during the season nor the Eluru Municipality are bothered about maintaining hygiene along the road by clearing the waste from time to time.

Poor sanitary conditions apart, the narrow strip is a nightmare for vehicle riders during the season with groups of fruit lovers moving around in pursuit of their favourite choice and a host of pushcarts and shops showcasing the fruits, eclipsing the road.

According to information, mangoes are sold on 200 pushcarts and in 30 shops along the road. The fruits keep flooding the local market from Nuzvid in the neighbouring Krishna district and Chintalapudi in West Godavari. `Rasaalu' and `Banganapalle' are the fast moving varieties, as they are the favourite choice of customers.


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