There seems to be no end to the troubles faced by vendors in the Capital. After being evicted from the Seva Nagar railway crossing in October 2010, they have now been forced to leave the Prabhu Market near Lodi Colony.
About 90 vendors — with valid tehbazari licences — have been forcibly evacuated by the MCD, that also demolished their temporary stalls.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had thrown them out before the Commonwealth Games citing security reasons and because the open drain near their workplace — the Seva Nagar railway crossing — was to be covered to create a parking lot for Games ceremonies.
After the Games, around 50-odd vendors — most of them sell fruits — managed to set up their stalls again. But 38 were not allowed to return. All of them have been selling from the same spot for the last 25 years and paying rent to the MCD too.
Around 10 days ago, the MCD central zone officials bulldozed the temporary stalls without notice and displaced the remaining vendors, too.
Since May 6, the vendors have been protesting outside the central zone deputy commissioner’s office.
Arvind Singh, coordinator, National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), alleged, “The authorities should provide them space to run their shops at the same spot and not displace them.”
Deep Mathur, MCD’s director (press and information) said, “We are going to provide them an alternate site within the central zone itself. The process has been initiated. It will be completed shortly.”