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Jaipur: Traffic jams spoiling shoppers' party

Friday, 1 November 2013 - 2:22pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Encroachments on footpaths, haphazard parking make festival shopping a nightmare for locals.

Diwali is that time of the year when markets witness massive rush. But traders who have shops in the Walled City complain that during the festival time, people face inconvenience due to encroachments, traffic jams and insanitary conditions prevailing in the markets. There are 24 market associations in the city and most of them said that despite these problems occurring every year, the civic authorities have devised no strategy to address them.

Bapu Nagar Market Association president Kanhaiya Lal Tolani said the problem of encroachments surfaces as roadside vendors put up their stalls along the footpath during the festival season. This also leads to traffic congestions and parking problems in the markets.

Sanjay Bazaar Vyapaar Mandal general secretary Ajay Vijaywargia said, “During festival days, markets reel under traffic jams and parking problems. These problems occur due to encroachments on roadside, in market corridors and on footpaths by vendors. Every year, we complain to the civic authorities, but the problems still persist.”

Shopkeepers of Brahmpuri Market complained that unhygienic conditions prevail in their market as JMC does not collect garbage daily. However, shoppers hold traders and residents responsible for the traffic jams. They said that shopkeepers and local residents park their vehicles on roadside, thus leaving very little space for people to walk. JMC’s vigilance commissioner Anil Gothwal said, “A team from JMC conducts inspections in markets every day and removes the roadside vendors. Today, the team removed encroachers from Ramganj Bazaar, Tripolia and Ghat Gate.”

Gothwal said that a control room has been also set up in the city where people and traders can lodge complaints regarding encroachments. This control room remains operational 24 hours.

Officials advised people to use public transport for routine works as this would reduce traffic jams.

Blame game
Shopkeepers of Brahmpuri Market complained that unhygienic conditions prevail in their market as JMC does not collect garbage daily

But shoppers hold traders and residents responsible for the traffic jams. They said that shopkeepers and local residents park their vehicles on roadside, thus leaving very little space for people to walk

A team of JMC officials conducts inspections in markets every day and removes the roadside vendors

JMC has set up a control room where people and traders can lodge complaints regarding encroachments. This control room remains operational 24 hours




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