he Sunday market, for which the officials had marked a site along Sahastradhara Road recently after the first board meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has been relocated yet again. This time, the market has been shifted to near the Jhanda Sahib premises. Dehradun Mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ said on Tuesday that the No Objection Certificate (NOC) will be granted to the vendors soon.
Elaborating further Gama said, “The position of the Sunday market was not getting fixed for quite some time. We cannot give them permission to sit on the roads as well because of the orders by the High Court regarding encroachments. Now, the location for the market has been shifted to near the Jhanda Sahib premises. The weekly market will be set in a fixed place. The vendors have met us and the NOC will be issued to them by us soon.’’
As per the information by one of the vendors from the Sunday market vendors committee, the assigned place has a capacity for holding 150 stalls. The total numbers of vendors in the committee are nearly 300. Further, getting no place half of the vendors set up unauthorised stalls at sites near Lansdowne Chowk, Clock Tower and in various other places in the city. This creates traffic problems in busy places of the market especially during weekends. Despite various attempts by the officials of MCD the problem still remains the same.
When asked about it the mayor said, “The unauthorised vendors are slapped with fines or their items are seized for a day or two. The attempt is unsuccessful as the vendors again come in the same place and encroach government land. However, this time we have decided to not only impose fine on such vendors but also to seize their items and not to return these,’’ he added.
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