Unauthorised vendors back to business after inspection officer leaves Ludhiana rly station

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 14:37 IST
Unauthorised vendors selling eatables at the railway station in Ludhiana on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Unauthorised vendors got back to work at Ludhiana Railway Station, when Northern Railways chief commercial manager (CCM) went back to Delhi after a three-day inspection, on Sunday.

Fearing raid, over 400 unauthorised vendors took leave from their business when Seema Dhir, CCM, arrived on July 28.

Waiting for officer to return, not a single unauthorised vendor was observed selling the stuff in these three days.

But as Dhir left for Delhi on Sunday at 2pm immediately the vendors were back with their stuff on the platforms.

Although, the check didn’t materialise this time but Dhir said that she would come back to city soon for the inspection.

Dhir said that it is the duty of local authorities to curb the menace of unauthorised vendors.

“If the local authorities are not performing their duties properly, I will ask divisional railway manager (DRM) to penalise them,” she said.

However, it is the duty of Railway Police Force (RPF) to control and prevent the movement of unauthorised vendors but they have failed to do it.

Praveen Kumar, ASI, RPF, said, “We are penalising unauthorised vendors on regular basis but all in vain as they come to sell stuff again.”

When asked him, why the vendors were not seen in these three days, Kumar replied that they must have got information about the arrival of the officer and they didn’t come.

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