Chandigarh: The condition of a dozen UT government houses near Shastri Market in Sector 22 are gathering dust. There are no takers for these houses as they are now in bad and dilapidated condition, courtesy overcrowded footpath with vendors encroaching the back wall of the houses.
The traders in Shastri Market have alleged that such vendors misuse the vacant properties to store their belongings by scaling the walls. “This is the reason that none of the government official dares to accept the houses in this street,” said Tejinder Pal Singh, president, Shastri Market Welfare Association.
There are around one dozen houses with footpath vendors encroaching upon the municipal space just behind these houses. The vendors create nuisance in the backyard of the houses by storing their stocks and leftovers by scaling the back walls of the houses. Jaspal Singh, another shop owner, said, “Many times UT officials are allotted these houses but they are forced to vacate them within no time due to footpath vendors’ nuisance. The UT must look into the matter seriously as all such houses are now dilapidated causing loss to the UT Administration.”
The traders are now up in arms against the decision of the UT Administration and the MC to re-allocate the vendors in vendor zones falling outside their shops.
Traders meet Adviser: Traders of the Sector 22 Shastri Market met UT Adviser Parimal Rai on Tuesday to press their grievances against the vendors. The market delegation was directed to the MC Commissioner for redress of their problem. They also threatened to lock the shops in Sectors 15, 19, 22 and 35 in protest if no action was taken.
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