Bhubaneswar, Sept 1 :
Around 115 permanent traders doing business at the Market Building area of Unit II , members of the Central Market Association (CMA) have decided to go on an indefinite strike by closing down their shops from Monday (September 2) to protest Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) failure to evict illegal vendors despite their repeated appeals.
CMA secretary Pradyumna Kumar Jena said, “We will organize a rally on Monday and submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister highlighting our issues and the indifference of BMC and other concerned authorities towards us”.
“On August 25, we served a seven-day ultimatum to the BMC urging it to evict the illegal vendors whose whereabouts are neither known to the BMC nor to us. Due to the heavy presence of the encroachers on the footpath and rest-sheds of the market building mobility of the shoppers have been blocked literally. As a result, customers, mostly senior citizens, women and physically-challenged persons, are encountering great difficulties,” added Jena.
Jena rued that all the civic amenities in the Market Building area are in a state of defunct or damaged due to these encroachers in spite of the General Administration (GA) record vide PWC on WP(C) No 18513/11, Plot No 131,143,146 and 1186 earmarking it as a road.
“The most alarming aspect is that in the event of fire breaking out, the fire brigade vehicles cannot reach the place of occurrence because of the road blocking by illegal vendors,” Jena warned.