Chandigarh: Finally after 4 decades of selling books sitting on the streets, book vendors of sector-15 now have their own shops.
Kirron Kher, Member Parliament, Chandigarh handed over the keys to the shopkeepers of newly built old books market, sector 15-A, Chandigarh on Saturday.
Also present were Arun Sood, Mayor, Hardeep Singh, Deputy Mayor, Saurabh Joshi, area councilor, N.P. Sharma, Chief Engineer, Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, Chandigarh Administration, other councilors and officers of MC, office bearers of Resident Welfare Associations and Market Welfare Associations and prominent persons of the city.
While addressing the gathering, Kirron Kher lauded the efforts of Municipal Corporation Chandigarh for not only providing basic amenities to the city residents but also providing shelters to the small businessmen who are earning bread for their families through selling small daily use items including old books, which are also very useful and economical to the students of different classes.
She said that the Municipal Corporation recently completed the survey of street vendors under the Street Vendors Act and by this initiative, the rehri-phari owners will earn their daily bread with honor and nobody will disturb them for doing their business.
Giving information about the shops, the Mayor said that there are 36 shops having 6’x 8’ size with width of 8’- 6” corridors have been built in 3120 Sq ft area at a cost of Rs 58.65 lacs with provision of toilet blocks and sufficient parking have been allotted to the genuine old books shopkeepers. He said that this was a long pending demand of these shopkeepers and now they got justice by getting these booths.
Earlier, Saurabh Joshi, area councilor welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries. He listed various developmental works completed and going on in his ward. He lauded Member Parliament, Smt. Kirron Kher for providing every kind of help to the Municipal Corporation and other projects of Chandigarh Administration. He said that the work of community centre has also been completed and will be dedicated to the local residents very soon.
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