Nearly eight months after they were evicted from near Parade Ground during the high court ordered anti-encroachment drive, vendors who set up stall in the Sunday Market were granted permission to set stalls in three spots of the city. An inspection of the spots was conducted by the Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ along with the vendors after which three places were finalised in the city. However, the vendors are still waiting for written permission from the municipal officials.
Speaking about it, head of the Sunday market association Margoob Ali said, “After a long struggle, we were given the permission to set up the stalls from coming Sunday. We are happy that finally, spots were assigned for us. However, we are still waiting for the written permission but the officials have promised that the orders will be issued soon enough.”
According to the information provided by sources, the officials have chosen three spots in the city for the Sunday market-along Haridwar bypass, Kargi Chowk and Bindal. The vendors from the association are around 300 who will be divided for setting up their stalls in the three locations
Adding further in this, Ali said, “Setting up of stalls in these places may initially cause a drop in profit for us. We give Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) Rs 300 per Sunday but we have decided to talk to the officials about reducing the amount till the time we settle it for us and for the public.”
It is pertinent to mention here that at its old location adjoining the Parade Ground, the Sunday market was a cause of major traffic congestion on roads in the core area of the city.
It now remains to be seen whether the municipal authorities will be able to avoid similar problems in the new locations allocated for the purpose of setting up the Sunday market.
Monday, 04 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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