It was a day full of tension and uncertainty for the residents and traders of area between Malwa Mill square and Patnipura square on Tuesday where Indore Municipal Corporation is planning an encroachment removal drive to widen the road.
The IMC staff, which had conducted measurement in the area on Monday, arrived in the market at around 8 am on Tuesday to continue with their work. Seeing the civic body staff back in their midst, the anxious traders rushed to residence of urban administration minister Kailash Vijayvargiya in Nandanagar at around 9am.
The minister assured them that he would discuss the matter with IMC officials. At the same time, he urged the traders to remove portions of their establishments on their own so that the road could be widened.
Vijayvargiya also said that he would ensure no one loses their livelihood due to the removal drive. Feeling that the minister had offered them little respite, the traders came back.
The market remained abuzz all through the afternoon as traders, apprehensive that removal drive will happen any time , were seen holding discussions among themselves in small groups.
Tension gripped the area again as the IMC staff returned in the evening to the market and handed notices to the traders. They were informed through the notices that the said road was to be widened in accordance with Master Plan 2021 and they (traders) have been illegally running commercial establishments by encroaching upon govt land. The IMC set a deadline of Feb 20 for the traders to remove their structures on their own, failing which the civic body will take the action.
The IMC removal squad reached Nandanagar market at around 5pm on Tuesday and removed extended platforms of the shops. The officials also asked shopkeepers to keep their goods inside their shops and remove publicity materials like hoardings, banners etc which they usually hang beyond the area allotted for the shops. After the IMC staff left, the traders were seen removing their belongings and publicity material.