Illegal vendors are back, reveals Chandigarh SSP’s letter to SHOs

City police chief directs police station heads to assist enforcement teams of the MC
HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Dec 27, 2019 12:12 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Just 20 days after the Chandigarh municipal corporation’s first-of-its-kind massive eviction drive, illegal vendors are back in city markets. This was revealed in an internal communication shared by senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nilambari Jagadale with station house officers (SHOs) on Thursday.

In a letter, a copy of which is with HT, the SSP said it has come to the notice that unauthorised vendors have again started encroaching on several locations in the city. “The MC has constituted 12 enforcement teams to check such encroachments. All SHOs are directed that as and when the team of enforcement staff approaches for police assistance, the SHOs concerned should immediately extend full cooperation to them,” the SSP added.

It is not first such communication from the police. On December 16 (10 days after MC drive), traffic police’s road survey report given to the MC also flagged concerns about illegal vending on the roads separating Sectors 44 and 45, Sector 32 and 33 and Sector 45 and 46 where helmet and cigarette sellers were spotted.

MARKET ASSOCIATIONS RAISE FLAG

Even as Sector 17 is clear of encroachments, other areas are witnessing unauthorised vending.

General secretary of the Sector 22 Shastri Market Welfare Association Ashwini Kumar said illegal vendors have changed their modus operandi as they no longer squat on the roadside. Rather, they sell goods roaming around. The enforcement wing of the MC is not able to catch these vendors. “Enforcement teams should not lower down their guards,” he said. The enforcement team’s duty is fixed between 11am and 9pm, but illegal vending can be seen after 7pm.

There are complaints regarding illegal vending around the ISBT in Sectors 17 and 43 where illegal eateries operate at night.

WE ARE KEEPING A TAB: MC CHIEF

MC commissioner KK Yadav said there is strict checking of illegal vendors everyday and most of them have been removed. The SSP’s letter to SHOs is in light of a recent incident when illegal vendors charged the MC enforcement team at the Indira Colony during an enforcement drive.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Vivek Gupta is a senior correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Panchkula, besides writing on medical education.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Supreme Court has now upheld a previous Delhi High Court order — that allowed residents to feed stray dogs at designated spots in colonies — bringing relief to dog lovers and their furry friends. ((Photos for representational purpose only))

    Dog lovers hail SC order: A paw-sitive ruling

    One can't deny the hardships a street dog faces, especially in Delhi's sweltering heat. The apex court has also recognised a stray's right to food and a citizen's right to feed. In a much-awaited decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a previous Delhi High Court order that allowed residents to feed stray dogs at designated feeding spots in colonies — bringing relief to dog lovers and their furry friends.

  • Officials have been helping as commuters stranded in several waterlogged areas, the Gurugram traffic police said.

    After heavy rain hits Delhi-NCR, Gurugram urges for WFH 'wherever possible'

    The Gurugram district administration issued an advisory on Monday asking private companies to allow their staff to work from home so that traffic congestion on roads can be prevented. Several major roads in the city have been flooded after the downpour in the morning. Yadav, who is also the chairperson of District Disaster Management Authority, said it was advisable that companies ensured that as many employees as possible worked from home.

  • The flight disruptions began around 6 am and the normalcy was resumed from around 9 am. (HT PHOTO)

    Operations disrupted at Delhi airport, 20 flights diverted, over 100 delayed

    New Delhi: At least 20 flights were diverted and around 100 delayed between 6 am and 10 am as wind speeds touching as high as 75 km per hour disrupted operations at the Delhi airport. Officials said a majority of the diversions took place between 6:30 and 9 am before normal operations resumed. Thirteen flights were diverted to Jaipur, two each to Lucknow and Amritsar, and one each to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Indore.

  • Officials have been helping as commuters stranded in several waterlogged areas, the Gurugram traffic police said.

    Gurugram traffic police on WFH amid heavy rain: 'We don't have an option but...'

    The Gurugram Traffic Police on Monday asked the residents of the city - neighbouring Delhi - to "consider exercising the option to work from home" after a heavy rainfall on Monday caused flooding on city roads and blockade due to uprooted trees. "Water logging has been reported near Atul Kataria chowk . Our traffic officials are on the spot to facilitate the traffic flow. Commuters are requested to plan their travel accordingly. @gurgaonpolice (sic)."

  • The Golden Temple in Amritsar on a cloudy Monday morning. The temperature dipped by several degrees after overnight rain in Punjab and neighbouring Haryana. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

    Rain brings respite from heat wave in Punjab, Haryana

    Due to a western disturbance active over the region, light to moderate rainfall was recorded across Punjab and Haryana, leading to a significant drop in the mercury on Monday. Due to thundershowers and winds that blew overnight, the temperature witnessed a fall of 4 to 6 degrees Celsius. Manmohan Singh, the India Meteorological Department, Chandigarh, director added that the maximum day temperature is expected to touch 37 degrees Celsius on Monday, 4 to 5 degrees below the average day temperature.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, May 23, 2022