Chandigarh: Once a paradise for the evening outings or after dinner for people, the Sector 17 plaza has lost its sheen amongst the residents as it has been ruined by the presence of the footpath vendors. Not left with small space to put your foot down without pressing the cloth laid by a vendor to sell the goods.
Residents claim that they have to be very cautious while doing the window shopping in the corridors of the Sector 17 market.
Full of bullies, the footpath vendors pick up fights with visitors if their jurisdiction is violated. Many vendors are seen picking up quarrels with visitors for violating their space which is more or less tagged as illegal. Sector 17 traders Sanjeev Chaddha said, “Sector 17 plaza has become paradise for miscreants. Every other day we witness fights and quarrels between the women vendors. This keeps the visitors away. We traders have already been facing acute shortage of customers due to malls existence and over that these unauthorised vendors have dented the sales. UT Administration and Municipal Corporation are not doing any efforts to remove the menace where traders are the richest in revenue generation for the administration.”
Ajay Jagga, local advocate and resident of Sector 21 said, “UT Administration if want can curtail the presence of such illegal vendors is encroaching upon the MC land at Sector 17 plaza. People fear now going to Sector 17 after sun set. Union Territory is heading towards Smart City concept, but these vendors encroaching upon the Sector 17 plaza is a challenge for the Administration.”
Recently one Haryana cadre IAS officer was allegedly slapped by a foothpath vendor at plaza after which for about two months all the vendors were missing but later they have again returned back. The question arises that if after alleged slapping incident with an IAS officer can drive administration to take strict to get rid of such encroachers then why it cannot be taken in normal circumstances, said Chaddha.
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