“I WILL SEEK A DETAILED REPORT FROM THE OFFICERS AND ORDER NECESSARY PROBE INTO THE MATTER,” SAID CITY MAYOR RAJESH KUMAR KALIA
Despite stringency in the anti-encroachment drives conducted by Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC), areas on the periphery of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) such as deserted area opposite to Chandigarh Night Food Street in Sector 12, green belt in Sector 11, opposite to Gate 4 of PGIMER etc. shelters to many including tea vendors, street food and fast food vendors, who have been operative in extremely filthy conditions for quite some time now. Talking to DailyPost, city Mayor Rajesh Kumar Kalia said, “I will seek a detailed report from the officers and order necessary probe into the matter.” Alarmingly, the areas encroached upon by illegal vendors are generally set up in quite unhygienic conditions, posing harm to the health conditions of many visitors who frequently visit the crowded market and other public spots.
Even the public park, in Sector 11, on the outskirts of the health institute finds itself in a mess most of the days as the illegal vendors have made sitting provision for the customers within the green belt. Many such illegal vendors are seen on both sides of the dividing road of Sector 12 and 14 stretching up to outskirt areas of the city near Khuda Lahora. Similar illegal vending is also quite active in other parts of the city such as market areas of Sector 17, Sector 22 and areas outside the bus terminals of the city. According to the information, around 10,000 vendors registered with the MC pay around Rs 30 lakh as a monthly license fee. The registered vendors are required to pay a monthly fee which ranges between Rs 300 and Rs 2,000 as per nature and the place of work. In view of recent steps and proposals initiated by the MCC towards attaining the first rank on cleanliness front, the filthy and grubby situations of such public spots suggest otherwise.
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