While city traders are pressing hard to get permission for putting up stalls at the market for 20 days from Dussehra to Diwali this time, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is apprehensive due to the Intelligence Bureau’s alert across the country.
Apprehending a huge rush in the markets, the Municipal Corporation has now decided to consult the Chandigarh Police on the issue. “Due to IB alert, we will have to discuss this issue with the police. Specific areas would have to be discussed so that a situation of heavy rush doesn’t arise,” said Mayor Arun Sood.
Usually, the traders are allowed to put up stalls two days before the festival and on the day of the festival. For Karva Chauth, for example, the shopkeepers would be allowed to put up stalls from October 17 to 19 only.
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However, this time the shopkeepers want to put up stalls at nominal rates from October 10 to 30. “Festive season is the only time for shopkeepers when they can earn. Only during these days, one can expect a boom in business. The shopkeepers are ready to pay stall charges to the corporation,” said Anil Vohra, president of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal.
On the civic body consulting the police due to the IB alert, Vohra said, “I don’t think if some shopkeepers put up stalls, that will create any problem for the police. Even otherwise, the rehri markets of sectors 19 and 22 are heavily crowded usually.”
Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill said, “We will analyse the issue with the Municipal Corporation because it is the responsibility of the MC to allow the traders.”
The matter will be taken up in the Finance and Contract Committee as well.
This time chaos is expected to be more than usual because of the regularisation of the street vendors. As many as 21,000 street vendors have been given licences to operate. Last time, the vendors were not allowed to sit without a slip by the enforcement staff.