STREET VENDORS CONTINUE TO OCCUPY ROADS IN TOWN, CREATE CHAOS

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/16/2021 12:29:12 PM


KAMRAN KHAN Bhadarwah Jan 15 Be it historic Chowgan, busy markets,Takia Chowk, Jamia Masjid or Sadar Bazar, street vendors are widespread. Their presence in big quantities on most of the town’s roads causes traffic snarls and Jam beside creating chaos for pedestrians. Hence, they are one of the main cause of traffic congestion at various junctions of Bhadarwah town. Residents alleged, "it seems the authorities concerned have forgotten the face of the city where street vendors continue to occupy roads and shopkeepers foot paths leading to chaos and congestion". At city centre Chowgan also known as Seri Bazar and adjoining areas, hawkers and shopkeepers continue to occupy the footpaths and roads making the movement of vehicles and pedestrians difficult. Beside several pleas to both Bhadarwah BMC (Bhadarwah Muncipal Committee) authorities, police and civil administration, officials have failed so far to act against the violators. Most of the vendors have occupied roads and footpaths in Seri Bazaar, Takia Chowk, Sadar Bazar and Jamia Masjid markets. The footpaths meant for pedestrians have been occupied by vendors creating traffic chaos on the bridge, which is the way for many local buses. The problem though is existent in the main part of the commercial hub, the BMC has done nothing concrete so far. The vendors on both sides of the road, selling textile items, cosmetic collections, vegetables and fruits, have extended their carts on road thus creating unnecessary traffic mess and narrowing the space for movement of locals. When contacted ADC Bhadarwah Rakesh Kumar said, "Mushrooming of vendors in the main markets is a serious concern and we have already seeked the report from Executive Officer of BMC regarding the registered and illegal vendors, as soon we get the report, immediate action will be initiated against trouble makers." "I will also direct Tehsildar Bhadarwah to constitute a team and inspect the market to remove the encroachments from footpaths and take action against illegal vendors," ADC added.

 

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