The shoe market, which is a weekly affair outside the Red Cross Market Complex near Jyoti Chowk, was once again doing business as usual with all its stalls at place on Sunday, despite orders against it by the Jalandhar municipal corporation (MC), which considers it to be illegal, as the market operates from an 'encroached land'.
"This time we will take action after proper planning. Last time when our officials went to remove the encroachment, they had to face the wrath of the people and there was a law and order situation," said GS Khaira, commissioner, MC, Jalandhar.
"Besides, our officials were ill-prepared but it won't happen again. Now the corporation will take stringent measures against the encroachment at a place or else won't do anything," he added.
However, one of the vendors at shoe market said, "There is no problem as such. No one from the corporation came to speak to us today. The MC people only had the problem with the piece of land that we were using. It was just a misunderstanding. Since the land is of Red Cross Market Committee and they have already given their consent for its use, there is no question of any problem at all."
Rubbishing the vendors' statements, GS Khaira said no negotiation has taken place and he has directed the Teh Bazari MC officials to take action only after they were fully prepared.
Last week, a team of officials from the Teh Bazari MC department came to raid the area outside Red Cross Market Complex that has been illegally encroached by a group of vendors, but the vendors along with local BJP councillor Joginder Singh Tony did not let them do their work. They sat on dharna and started raising slogans against the municipal corporation. The officials had no option but to return.
After the incident, when Vikrant Verma, Teh Bazari superintendent, MC, along with the other officials approached the municipal commissioner, he assured them that he would look into the matter and take appropriate action.
Meanwhile, the Teh Bazari officials had said last week that they won't let this 'market', popularly known as shoe market, to be set up in the area.