Every evening,we remove hawkers from India Gate,but they always return: NDMC Secretary

Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna has sent another letter to the CPWD director general and NDMC chairperson seeking “immediate comments” on the state of hawking in India Gate.

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi | Published: June 8, 2012 1:07 am

Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna has sent another letter to the CPWD director general and NDMC chairperson seeking “immediate comments” on the state of hawking in India Gate.

On June 1,Newsline had reported on the lack of cleanliness in the India Gate area.

After the report was published,officials said NDMC had begun conducting raids to remove hawkers from the no-hawking zone.

The civic agency is also trying to get the responsibility of cleaning and maintenance of the area back under its ambit. The CPWD is responsible for cleaning and maintenance of the lawns and the NDMC is responsible for garbage collection and apart from ensuring that hawkers do not enter the area.

NDMC secretary D S Pandit said,“NDMC,as a municipal agency,would not have any issue in taking over the cleaning of India Gate from CPWD. The final decision,however,rests with the Ministry of Urban Development. No decision has been taken yet.”

Special DG (Works) of CPWD,Rakesh Mishra,said,“No official communication has been received in this regard.”

A senior official in NDMC’s Enforcement department said they had begun conducting raids against unauthorised vendors from Monday.

Pandit said the agency was taking all possible measures to remove hawkers from the area. “We conduct raids periodically and remove vendors,but they always come back,” he said.

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