Ahmedabad: Bhadra project: Shop owners angry over 'lost space'

Friday, 13 December 2013 - 2:23pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
Claim their trade hit by 'displaced' vendors who now operate in their area.

The woes of vendors in the Teen Darwaja area seem to be never-ending. The Bhadra Fort revitalisation project of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has created fresh commotion.

Ever since the stretch from Pankornaka to Teen Darwaja was declared ‘no-vehicle’ zone, the shopkeepers carrying out their business on this stretch have been unable to ferry goods to their shops and vice-versa. To add to their woes, after AMC barricaded the stretch between Teen Darwaja and Bhadrakali temple, the vendors, who used to operate there, have moved to the Pankornaka-Teen Darwaja stretch. This had led to severe space crunch.

A group of representatives of the shopkeepers submitted their memorandum to municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra on Thursday. They claimed that the ‘visiting’ vendors had blocked the way to their shops. “There are four lanes of vendors on each side. So, there is virtually no space to move on the road,” said a shopkeeper. “The vendors have made our shops inaccessible,” he added.

Another vendor claimed that their business had gone down by 70% to 75%. “As vehicular movement is not possible on the road, we cannot move goods to our shop and vice-versa,” said the vendor.

The vendors said the municipal commissioner had promised to find a solution to the problem by Monday.

M Thennarasan, deputy municipal commissioner of AMC’s central zone, said the department had demarcated the area for the vendors so that everyone could carry out their business peacefully.

“Since the problem is yet to be solved, we will repeat the exercise of demarcation. If needed, we will take the help of police,” said Thennarasan.

Slum-dwellers asked to vacate plot
Four families, residing in the slums on the bungalow No. 33 plot in the Shahibaug area, have been asked to vacate the place. The families have been living there for decades now. The reason for the notice is that the state government is planning to build staff quarters for class-I officers on the plot. Despite efforts, the slum-dwellers have not got help from either the judiciary or the government. “We have been living here since the British era. We tried to meet Anandiben Patel to request for alternate arrangement. But she did not listen to us,” said Amba Vaghela, a slum-dweller.

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