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Aminabad: Walk through if you can!

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 00:14 IST

People walk a 2-minute stretch in 40 minutes. But, the business goes on as usual!

CAN YOU believe it?  An 80-foot wide road in Aminabad has only 10-foot space to drive on. The rest has been encroached by footpath vendors.

People walk a 2-minute stretch in 40 minutes. But, the business goes on as usual!

Responding to a pile of complaints, LMC chief Ram Bodh Maurya promised to remove all the encroachments from Aminabad  and convert it into a model market two months ago. He had also promised to hold a dialogue with the traders in this respect. But, nothing has been done so far and nearly 80 per cent of Aminabad roads remain encroached. Sources say the main reason behind Aminadabad encroachments is political interference and an unholy nexus between politicians, LMC officials and the police.   General secretary of the Aminabad Traders’ Association Susheel Gurnani says, “We are not very happy with the municipal chief. We went to his office to meet him after his call. But he chose to leave the office without informing us.”

He says sales are dipping due to encroachments and haphazard parking. “Our customers have been diverted to other markets. Due to heavy encroachments just five feet space is left for single-way traffic. We have invested lakhs of rupees on showrooms. But, the sales are decreasing because of encroachment,” says Gurnani.

“We are not demanding anything wrong from the municipal chief. We just want the place to be free from the encroachments. Not only LMC but the local police are afraid of  removing the encroachments ,” he alleges.

Trader leader Sanjay Gupta says they have met DG Police  Bua Singh, SSP GK Goswami regarding this. “But, we were returned with hollow assurances,” he says.

The traders call Aminabad a dying market due to the rising encroachments in the area. It would be first market of the city to die unnatural death if the district administration doesn’t do anything in this regard.

An LMC official on condition of anonymity blamed the police for promoting encroachments in the area, “ The policemen allegedly make lakhs of rupees per month from the encroachers so why are they going to remove them, we cannot take any risk without the support of police in that area as the community to which encroachers belong is very powerful,” he said.

The municipal commissioner was available in office for the comments and his mobile was switched off when contacted by the correspondent.