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Vendors eat up public space

india Updated: Jun 30, 2011 00:52 IST
Eshani Mathur
Eshani Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Encroachment on pavements, service lanes and green belts along major roads cause frequent traffic jams in the city. At several places, roadsides are occupied by taxi stands and vendors selling pottery and tea stalls.

They disrupt traffic during peak hours. Sohna Road, Sector 56 Master Road, MG Road and streets leading to busy markets such as Galleria in DLF City, Bayopar Kendera in Sushant Lok and nearby areas are the most affected.

"Vendors have occupied illegal space everywhere, from Sohna Road to Subhash Chowk to Badshahpur. At some areas they occupy an entire lane," said Raman Sharma, resident of Malibu Towne on Sohna Road.

Hutments huts have also come up in green belts along major roads. The living conditions are unhygienic and diseases are waiting to break out. People also defecate in the open. Such areas also become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

“Hutments and roadside vendors also pose a security threat. We don't know whether people living in the huts are actually verified pottery sellers or thieves,” said Sector 56 resident DD Sharma.

Many residents also complain of encroachment by the parking mafia. There is hardly any free space left in markets as it has been encroached upon by parked vehicles.

“Illegal parking in all the markets is a major reason for traffic jam. Authorities have no solution for this. Some parking lots have been set up right in the green belts,” said Gurgaon resident Vijay Kumar.

Huda administrator Nitin K Yadav said the administration is trying its best to remove these encroachments. "We have taken action against encroachers in Sectors 2, 9, 10, 31 and 32. In some cases those who have been evicted keep returning, so we have to evict them again and again. It is an ongoing process. We have also filed cases against some law-breakers," Yadav said.

"We are trying to clear encroachments in all sectors simultaneously," he added.

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