IMC plans to go after roadside retailers
TALK ABOUT water off a duck?s back. Just over a week ago Principal Secretary, Urban Administration Development, P D Meena wrote to civic body bosses asking them to ensure that roadside retailers were not shunted out merely in the name of decongesting traffic.india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 15:51 IST
TALK ABOUT water off a duck’s back. Just over a week ago Principal Secretary, Urban Administration Development, P D Meena wrote to civic body bosses asking them to ensure that roadside retailers were not shunted out merely in the name of decongesting traffic.
He also asserted that if the relocation proved unavoidable the Corporation must arrange alternative sites so that the vendors’ livelihood wasn’t threatened. Less than 10 days after the missive landed in the City, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has decided to set about doing the first while entirely ignoring the second.
The Corporation has unveiled a 10-day multi-phase plan to banish hawkers, handcart pushers and street vendors from the City’s more busy thoroughfares. Vendors from Rajwada to Palasia Square will be shunted out in the first phase while the next part will focus on removing the scores of fruit-sellers that dot the road from Krishnapura Chhattri to Rajwada and Mrignayani Emporium.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Planning and Rehabilitation Committee headed by Mayor-in-Council member Chandu Shinde. Declaring that traffic on the selected stretches was becoming increasingly chaotic committee members said shunting out handcart pullers, vendors and hawkers who plied their trade on the roadside and on footpaths was the only way to free road space.
According to Shinde, the crackdown on hawkers will progress in a phased manner spanning the stretches from MG Road police station to Kothari Market, Kothari Market to Rajani Bhavan, Rajani Bhavan to Palasia on a day-by-day basis.
THE IMC is moving to rehabilitate 96 of the 104 shopkeepers evicted during an anti-encroachment exercise carried out while building the Bond Road from Pardeshipura to Teen Pulia.
Mayor-in-Council member in charge of Planning and Rehabilitation Chandu Shinde on Saturday performed the bhoomi pujan for the shops expected to be ready within a year. BJP leader Harinarayan Verma and MiC members Rajendra Rathore and Lal Bahadur Verma were among those present on the occasion.