Leniency of the district administration and Kullu municipal council towards the business community over the overstay of Dussehra stalls in the town is creating great inconvenience to commuters.
The temporary business stalls at Dhalpur ground in Kullu and alongside the main national highway in the town choked the pedestrian path completely for 20 days right from Dussehra to Diwali, causing traffic snarls and inconvenience to common people in the town.
Defiant businessmen were still seen running their stalls on Monday at the Dhalpur ground as well as on the sides of the national hig way even four days after Diwali.
People rue that the overstay of Dussehra stalls, especially on the roadside, was creating great inconvenience for them in the town because most of pedestrian path was occupied by these stalls. The problem is further aggravated as the traffic, which was earlier diverted through an alternate route, has already been restored on the national highway passing through the town and the presence of Dussehra stalls is causing traffic snarls in the town.
On Monday, businessmen seemed reluctant to leave the place, and they were busy in wooing customers by offering huge discounts on their products throughout the day, while the authorities are yet to take stern action to make them wind up the stalls.
When contacted, municipal council chairman Rishabh Kaliya said that many business persons will move towards Rampur to attend the famous Lavi fair. Hence, the authorities are cooperating with businessmen to avoid causing any discomfort to them.
"We have already asked stall owners to remove their structures, failing which the authorities will remove them forcefully from the town," added Kaliya.
Kullu additional divisional magistrate Vinay Singh Thakur told HT that authorites had already alerted the business community to remove their stalls within stipulated time. "But now we are going to take stern action against defiant business persons to move them out of town," he added.