Jalandhar MC to work beyond duty hours to nail encroachers
The Jalandhar municipal corporation (MCJ) is planning to work beyond official duty hours to nab street vendors who carry out illegal encroachments in the city.punjab Updated: Sep 25, 2016 15:40 IST
The Jalandhar municipal corporation (MCJ) is planning to work beyond official duty hours to nab street vendors who carry out illegal encroachments in the city.
Teh Bazaari department superintendent Harjot Singh said, “Most vendors put up their stalls after 6pm in the evening when people go out for shopping or eating snacks. We have not been able to get hold of such encroachers, as by then our working hours are over.”
The official working hours of Jalandhar municipal corporation (MCJ) are from 9am to 5pm.
“We have been facing a big challenge in taking action against encroachment by vendors in various parts of the city due to the official’s timings that confine officials to take action within that stipulated time period,” Singh said.
“I have submitted a request to municipal commissioner GS Khaira asking him to grant the field staff the allowance to take action in the evening, at least till 8 pm,” he said. Officials said that as soon as they get approval from MC authorities, they will start taking action against the illegal encroachments as per the new plan. The Teh Bazaari department has also requested that field staff be allowed to come for work at 12 noon instead 9 am so that they can work in the field till late evening.
Currently, the Teh Bazaari department has eight members of field staff and two inspectors to monitor them.
It is to be mentioned that illegal encroachments in various parts of the city has led to traffic chaos on a number of occasions, making it difficult for the traffic police to control traffic or prevent accidents.
Officials said fruits and fast food stalls are largest encroachers along with shopkeepers who have put up their products for sale on the road.
City divided into eight blocks
The Teh Bazaari department has now divided the city into eight blocks so as to have a proper picture of the area, where they can take action against any kind of encroachment. Officials said their target is to cover at least two blocks in a day. MCJ has set the target revenue of `1 crore from Teh Bazaari department this financial year.