The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has ordered a probe into an alleged nexus between shop owners and roadside vendors to encroach public space in markets.
Huda administrator Praveen Kumar said many shop owners are said to have rented out the front space or corridor to street vendors. And they put their stuff on the common space, causing inconvenience to shoppers.
"I have been informed that a shop owner charges Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,500 from each kiosk, whether it is selling junk food items, cloths, CDs, DVDs or any other items," the Huda administrator told a vigilance officer and asked him to prepare a list of such offenders across the city.
Kumar directed both the estate officers (EOs) and sub-divisional engineers SDEs to serve notices to shop owners and give them 15-day time to stop such illegal activities.
The administrator took a round of markets at Sector 14, 15, 40, 31 and other places in past few days after he got hints from top brass at Chandigarh about wrong practice of shop owners.
The shop owners of all Huda markets have got free-hold of the built-up area of the shops and corridor (not front courtyard space). They, as per rule, are prohibited to extend their stuff in corridor and beyond and allow kiosks to run.
Meanwhile, a team of Huda officials inspected Sector 14 market and seized CDs, DVDs, poly bags, and other stuff from kiosks set up in open courtyard of the market.
“A warning has also been issued to the shop owners for not encroaching public corridors otherwise FIRs shall be lodged against them,” said a Huda official.