THE VENDORS and hawkers of Bittan Market weekly vegetable haat created a ruckus this afternoon when the Bhopal Municipal Corporation officials were making sitting arrangements for them. The weekly vegetable market, therefore, could not be started even today from the newly constructed platform. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had inaugurated the platform costing Rs 2.45 crore on Saturday last.
BMC Additional Commissioner Abhay Bedekar and zonal officer Yuvraj Jain started the process from this morning in order to ensuring sitting arrangements for the vendors included in the list prepared by the BMC. The names of 900 vendors were included in the list, which was based on a survey conducted earlier.
When the BMC officials were making sitting arrangements through draw of lots, some vendors even threw stones. However, the BMC officials continued the process. By this time, about 80 vendors got the space on the platform. But the BMC officials were forced to stop the process later on due to rumpus of the vendors.
Only 200 vendors included in the BMC survey list could get space when the BMC officials stopped the process. The vendors alleged that the existing traders were being ignored.
The BMC officials tried to convince them saying that the names of all traders were included in the list and they should wait for their turn.
However, it was alleged that some new vendors were given priority in the BMC list. The local corporator Ashram Sharma, who was also present on the occasion, said that he would ensure that sitting arrangements for the vendors were made according to the list.
He said that over 1000 vendors from Barkheda Pathani area were trying to occupy the space since Sunday night. On the other hand, former corporator and patron of Bittan Market Sabzi, Phal Evam Phutkar Vyapari Sangh, Surjeet Singh, said that initially the existing vendors should be given space on the newly constructed platform. The new ones should wait for the construction of another platform being taken up in the second phase, he added.
Sangh secretary Ajiz Bhai told the Hindustan Times that all there was sufficient space for vendors and hawkers on the platform. A meeting would be convened to convince all 800 vegetable vendors, he added.
However, BMC Commissioner Manish Singh said that there was dispute among different organisations of the vendors. Singh clarified that the BMC was providing space on Tehbazaari and not allotting the platform. These vendors would have to vacate the space on the same day.