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Vendors grab public space

With the onset of festive season, vendors and shopkeepers have encroached several roads and green areas in the city to display their products, causing problems for motorists as well as pedestrians.

india Updated: Oct 20, 2011 01:09 IST
HT Correspondent

With the onset of festive season, vendors and shopkeepers have encroached several roads and green areas in the city to display their products, causing problems for motorists as well as pedestrians.

Residents complain that the authority is not doing enough to prevent these encroachments by shopkeepers. The sight is same even at planned shopping centres where earthen pots and crockery are displayed on the walking corridors.

“It is difficult to walk with my child at shopping complex corridors because the shopkeepers are displaying products on the way. I doubt if the authorities are doing anything about it and if these people are even scared of the rules,” said Gurjot Kaur, a resident of DLF phase II said.

The authority says it has taken several measures which will start showing results soon.

“We have directed our officers to check encroachments regularly and encourage market associations to set up shops for the festival season at designated location. We are hopeful that in days to come residents would certainly feel the difference,” said Nitin Yadav, administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda).

Residents say the measures are not enough. “Roads are already congested as many people go for shopping during festivals. The encroachment adds to the problem,” said Ankush Sachdeva, a resident of Sushant Lok 2.

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