Shopkeepers in Sector 17 might not be allowed to set up stalls this Diwali. The Municipal Corporation has mooted a proposal to not give permission to the shopkeepers to set up the stalls. The issue will be discussed in the meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee to be held on Friday.
A few days before Diwali,stalls are set up in different markets. These are allotted to the shopkeepers who have shops in the area. The proposal by the civic body states that the shopkeepers sublet the stalls that are allotted to them. While the Municipal Corporation earns around Rs 4000 per stall,these are reportedly sublet at around Rs 25000 and above.
Another problem being faced was that the number of stalls set up exceeds the number for which permission is given. Due to this,chaos is witnessed in the market,making it prone to disasters. The market also suffers damage.
The proposal further says that keeping in view the heritage character of the city,these stalls should not be set up. Area councillor Pardeep Chhabra said that problems were being faced when the stalls were set up over the past few years. In case these have to be set up this year,it would be proposed that this should be done beyond the General Post Office so that the plaza is not affected.
The final decision will be taken after the issue is discussed in the meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee. In the past few years,the problem of encroachments has been found in most of the markets during Diwali. The number of stalls set up are more than what permission is given for.
The parking lots and pavements were being encroached upon,leaving no space for people to walk. Traffic congestion was proving to be a hazard.