Municipal Corporation Dehradun (MCD) continued the anti-encroachment drive on Wednesday with the help of local police. Officials concerned said that the major problem is that at most of the market areas street vendors start putting their products on display as soon as they see law enforcement authorities going back.
It is important for citizens also to stop buying from such vendors, only then can the drive can have effective results. On Wednesday, the drive was conducted from Inamullah building towards Prince Chowk, from where authorities seized several angular tables and other commercial products. Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Arun Mohan Joshi said that in his knowledge re-encroachment has reduced considerably. He also said that police stations concerned especially when it comes to market areas will be responsible for keeping an eye on any such activity.
One of the MCD officials said that street vendors especially at Indira Market, Dharmpur, Paltan Bazaar, Moti Bazaar and Dispensary Road run or collect their items as soon as they get the information about authorities coming and as soon as the drive for the day is complete they set up their products for sale on the footpaths and roads once again.
This is why the drive has to be a consistent process. A street vendor near Lansdowne Chowk said, “Without providing us with suitable place to go to and sell our products they are simply asking us to move.