TWO WEEKS after Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated the newly constructed vegetable market at Bittan Market, two groups of vendors clashed on Thursday over selection of space on this platform.
As the dispute over sitting arrangements on the platform continues, there were apprehensions of further clashes among rival
According to information, people belonging to one group were sitting on the platform when another group demanded that they be allowed to sit there. This led to a clash.
Both groups have been trying to occupy maximum space on this platform even though sitting arrangements are not permanent and vendors have to vacate space the morning after the weekly vegetable market day.
Senior BJP leaders, former corporator Surjeet Singh and present corporator of the area Asharam Sharma who were present tried to sort out the dispute.
Asharam Sharma said in case the association had not been able to sort out the problem, vendors should be seated as per the BMC survey list.
Surjeet Singh said the old survey of the district administration should be made the basis of the seating arrangements and old vendors be given priority. Singh also said vendors would meet the Chief Minister and Minister for Urban Administration in this regard soon.
Meanwhile, Congress workers led by former MLA P C Sharma also staged a demonstration at Bittan Market demanding that names of vendors added under the pressure of BJP leaders should be removed.
Sharma said vendors who had been selling vegetables for the past many years should be given space on the platform. He said the present platform was not suitable for buyers as individual platform for buyers were not constructed.
BMC officials, however, are saying this was a law and order problem and police and district administration should take care of it. They said BMC would take responsibility to realise Tehbazaari and carry out cleanliness work.