Rishikesh: The slum dwellers, who were removed on the orders of the NGT, protested against the notice of shifting the retail vegetable market near Chandrabhaga bridge on Laxman Jhula Marg. The municipal administration has denied any plan to shift the vending zone or retail market on the said land.
About a year ago, on the order of the NGT, the encroachment of slum dwellers encroached near Chandrabhaga river was removed by the Task Force Remove Encroachment Task Force. At about five o’clock on Thursday morning, people selling vegetables at Biography Mai Marg reached to sell vegetables near Chandrabhaga bridge. The slum dwellers already camping there opposed the setting up of the market here. Jaipal Jatav, president of the Uttarakhand Dalit Shoshit Manch who reached the spot, said that on the orders of the NGT off the banks of Chandrabhaga, a tributary of the Ganga, about 500 people were removed from here by the municipal corporation and local administration. Now the Shri Bharat Mandir administration is declaring this land as its own and it has been agreed to set up a vegetable market here with some conditions. He said that when this land is not official, on what basis were people removed from this place. Officials associated with the retail fruit vegetable vendor committee also reached the notice of the uproar. Then in this case
The corporation administration has not given any permission to set up a vegetable market on this land, nor does the Municipal Corporation plan to make any vending zone or retail market shift on this land. It is proposed to shift the vegetable vendors removed from the biographical route to the new vending zone on the Yatra bus stand.
– Narendra Singh Quariyal, Chief Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Rishikesh