Friday, 09 February 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN
The avenue distributors within the metropolis have expressed concern concerning the lately initiated anti-encroachment drive in Dehradun by the district administration on the instructions of the chief minister. Many avenue distributors stated that this drive is affecting their technique of incomes a livelihood. If the anti-encroachment drive persists with none different resolution being offered, they’ll collectively manage a protest, the road distributors stated.
The district administration lately instructed the departments involved to provoke the anti-encroachment drive at key areas within the metropolis to forestall site visitors congestion successfully.
A avenue vendor close to the railway station Dev Kumar, who migrated from a village to the town 5 years in the past, acknowledged that he has been working a small tea stall by the roadside. However, the police constantly direct him to take away his tea stall. He emphasised that his solely technique of supporting his household was by means of the tea stall. Street distributors should not solely answerable for site visitors congestion, as different elements resembling overtaking and obstacle-ridden roads contribute to the issue as properly. To successfully tackle the problem of site visitors, the authorities ought to prioritize addressing these different challenges, he stated.
Another avenue vendor on Saharanpur Road, Anil Prasad stated that organising a stall to promote items on the street, significantly on wider roads, doesn’t trigger site visitors congestion. The authorities are likely to attribute any occurrences, whether or not or not it’s site visitors or chaos, to avenue distributors. Instead of conducting anti-encroachment drives, the federal government ought to present different options for avenue distributors, resembling offering them with designated areas to conduct their companies. He additional stated that if the anti-encroachment drive continues, the road distributors will be part of collectively to protest within the metropolis. “We avenue distributors come from economically deprived households and sadly, we’re unable to afford to run a standard enterprise institution. Therefore, we’ve got resorted to avenue merchandising as a method to make a dwelling. However, this exercise is just not sanctioned by the federal government. I don’t want to place blame solely on the authorities, as they’re diligently working in the direction of the betterment of the town. But it could be good if the authorities may think about implementing measures that might cater to our wants or allocate designated areas for our merchandising actions,” avenue vendor Bishnu Chaturvedi stated.
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