Haridwar city set for major facelift
As per suggestions in a report submitted to the government by the panel of urban and transport planning experts, a specialised vending zone should be set up by next year to decongest stretches leading to Har-Ki-Pauri.dehradun Updated: Dec 16, 2017 19:50 IST
Ahead of the 2021 Mahakumbh in Haridwar, the holy city is set to get a major facelift as an expert committee set up by the government has suggested many developmental works, including decongesting inner city lanes.
As per suggestions in a report submitted to the government by the panel of urban and transport planning experts, a specialised vending zone should be set up by next year to decongest stretches leading to Har-Ki-Pauri.
The report said encroachment due to street vendors, hawkers and small traders were major hindrance in ensuring smooth traffic and open space on the city’s inner roads.
Taking cognizance of the report, urban development minister Madan Kaushik has set December 27 deadline to the sub-divisional magistrate to submit a report on identifying vending zone between Tehsil and Pull Jatwada in Jwalapur.
“Separate vending zone needs to be set up to ensure vendors and street hawkers don’t occupy road and market stretches,” Kaushik told HT.
“I have asked sub divisional magistrate Manish Kumar to identify suitable vending lot from Tehsil till Pull Jatwada. It’s imperative to have a separate vending cordon otherwise by next Kumbh it will be a major traffic and encroachment problem.”
Kaushik, the local legislator, said new parking lots were also being identified and shifting of bus station from inner city to outer Sarai in sub-urban Jwalapur was also being done to create open space within the city.
“Even transformers, hoardings, cellular phone signal towers, trees and other objects posing hindrance in traffic movement and open space will be removed.
“I have given directives to town commissioner Nitin Bhadauriya in this regard. While police have been asked to carry out stern anti-encroachment drive on regular basis.”
He said: “Lakhs of pilgrims and tourists throng Haridwar on annual basis and during Mahakumbh the number will be in crores. So, we have to start preparing from now.”
Public amenities like toilets, drinking water taps and sitting chairs will also be put up as well as signage and beautification of parks and intersections.
City mayor Manoj Garg said: “We are identifying such spots where Sulabh toilets and beautification can be done. Footpaths will also be developed and from Damkoti state guest house in Mayapur till Kankhal will be given model smart city look.”
“This is being done in a planned way based on survey and assessment report by urban and planning experts,” Garg said.
Uttarakhand small scale traders and vendors representative Sanjay Chopra has welcomed the setting up of separate vending zone, saying this will be in sync with National Street Vendor Policy and would provide employment and customers to vendors at one roof.