2 June : The Supreme Court on Monday said it would be hazardous to the health of the people besides causing traffic snarls and suggested locating them outside city limits in a statement against wholesale markets being set up in cities and metros."We are against wholesale markets coming up in the cities and metros. They can cause traffic jams, affect the health of the people. So, we are of the view that they should be located outside the city limits," a vacation bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Deepak Verma observed.
The apex court made the observation while rejecting the plea of a Chennai hardware merchants’ appeal challenging the decision of the authorities to relocate them out of the city.
The aggrieved traders had earlier moved the Madras High Court which refused to interfere with the order, after which they appealed in the apex court.
The apex court, while declining to interfere with the order, cited its earlier rulings that in interests of orderly traffic and general health of the public it was always desirable to have wholesale markets on the outskirts of the city.