The campaign started by Phagwara municipal corporation (MC) to remove illegal encroachments has been a failure, as vendors with illegal stalls who had been removed from outside the bus stand by the authorities on Friday evening have again installed their stalls and shops at same place in less than 24 hours.
The MC team led by Iqbal Singh Sandhu, MC commissioner-cum-additional deputy commissioner (ADC) and police force led by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Manpreet Singh Dhillon on Friday had removed all illegal stalls and shops on the MC land outside the bus stand.
However, people living nearby the bus stand claimed that just after the MC team left the spot, dhaba owner whose illegal encroachment outside his dhaba was removed, expanded it again, while vendors with movable stalls again parked it at their selected places.
As per the information, more than 30 vendors were carrying on their businesses on the MC land from outside the bus stand from last so many years by selling fruits and other daily food items to commuters and passengers passing through the busiest highway.
Taking advantage of the lackadaisical attitude of the MC authorities, not only the vendors with movable stalls, but even the owners of dhabas and shops situated near the bus stand have extended their outlets by encroaching upon the road.
Meanwhile, encroachments by vendors on the middle of link roads on both sides of the bus stand have become a nuisance for the commuters and are the reason for traffic jams.
Sources said that one person, who has taken a shop on lease at the bus stand, was behind most of these illegal stalls and was earning a good income from
it. "The fruit stalls run by various vendors belong to a single person. The vendors are being paid on daily wages for selling fruits and juices to the customers," they added.
As there is rush of commuters at the bus stand, vendors earn good profit by directly selling food items to the passengers.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the MC team which rushed to Hargobind Nagar locality to remove the illegal stalls parked there on the behest of BJP worker Sunil Chamm, failed to remove it after Chamm called up Robin Sampla, kin of union minister of state Vijay Sampla.
Iqbal Singh Sandhu, additional deputy commissioner-cum-commissioner, was not available for comments even after repeated attempts.