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Traders in Odisha town set example, shift their shops to help road expansion work for Nabakalebara

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jatni, Oct 4:

The traders of Jatni town in Khordha district have set a new example for the entire trading community of Odisha by shifting their roadside shops and trading establishments on their own to cooperate with the district administration in the expansion of roads for the Nabakalebara festival scheduled to be held in Puri next year.

According to reports, members of the Jatni Traders’ Association have shifted their shops located along the main road under The Jatni Notified Area Council (NAC) as per the order of the Khordha district administration for the ongoing work for the expansion of roads to facilitate the heavy traffic during the Nabakalebara festival.

It may be mentioned that the district administration had served eviction notice to the Traders’ Association on the eve of Ganesh Puja this year. However, the eviction drive was put on hold at the request of the Association which assured the administration that its members would shift all their shops and trading establishments along the main road of the town after the puja.

However, senior members of the Association said they expected the government to reciprocate their gesture by taking steps for their early rehabilitation.

“Though the Association had been requesting the state government and the district administration time and again to rehabilitate 448 traders of Jatni town, who had set up their establishments along the main road of the town some 40-50 years ago, they have not taken any steps in this regard,” said Sundarshan Sundaray, president of the Association.

When contacted, Jatni NAC executive officer Ashutosh Samal said he has apprised the high level committee of the demands of the Association.

“These traders would be rehabilitated after the committee takes up the matter with the district collector”, he added.