Jamshedpur, Jan 12: Footpath vendors were driven away from the congested Sakchi market in a one hour crackdown on Tuesday morning. Following the orders of Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer (SDO) Nitish Kumar Singh, a team of QRT and Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) officials launched a crackdown on vendors who had returned to the spot defying the administrative order to make Sakchi market encroachment free. The crackdown which began around 11am continued till noon.
” The vendors are flouting orders. We were informed that vendors were putting up shops on the footpaths . Today, being Tuesday they turned up in large numbers to do business. So, we launched a fresh drive and evicted them. QRT will be deployed at the market to prevent the return of the vendors, ” said Ravi Bharti, a JNAC official.
Significantly, the district administration has earmarked Aambagan ground in Sakchi for the footpath vendors to operate but still they refuse to go to the new venue. In view of traffic jam at Sakchi, the vendors were asked to shift to the near-by Aambagan ground .
A large number of police along with six magistrates have been deployed in Sakchi Bazaar following the order of Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar. The shopkeepers went to the market in the morning to set up shop, but could not dare to open the shop due to the strictness of the police and administration.
Shopkeepers Pappu, Rahim, Vijay, Javed, Santosh, etc. said that they used to register good business during the Tusu festival, but the administration did not listen to the shopkeepers. While we had pleaded in this regard from Deputy Commissioner, MLA, Minister to Chief Minister that permission should be given to set up shop till Tusu festival.
The shopkeepers had bought a large amount of cloth and other materials for sale in view of the festival, but now they do not understand what will happen.
DCLR Ravindra Kumar Gagarai, who was posted on the spot, said that the footpath shopkeepers have been told clearly not to set up shop on the sidewalk. He is following it.
He said that the shopkeepers are being asked by the administration for one month to set up their shop on Tuesday at Amabagan Maidan, but are not listening. This is the reason that this time the administration is not strictly allowing any shopkeeper to set up shop.