Raipur Municipal Corporation contractor caught fleeing money at Shastri Market

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2017 11:00:38

Staff Reporter,


A Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) contractor was caught extorting money from vegetable vendors and transport vehicles at Shastri Bazaar on Tuesday. Authorities impounded the official receipt book allotted to contractor.

On the complaints from vegetable vendors, Additional Commissioner Ashish Tikriha along with Zone-7 Commissioner Santosh Pandey showed up at Shastri market at crack of the dawn and discovered that contractor Pramod Kumar with his employees was extorting money in the market.

It must be noted here that only RMC has the authority to collect Rs 600 annually from small vegetable vendors running business on the platforms at Shastri Market whereas the contractor is allowed to collect Rs 4 from those who sit on ground. But, contractor was caught collecting Rs 40 to Rs 70 from them. Similarly, he was extorting Rs 70 from pickup trucks entering the market while he is only allowed to charge Rs 20. He even took money on moving empty container in and out of market.

Female vegetable vendors showed open resistance to contractor as the RMC officials arrived at market. They surrounded the contractor and his employees. Tough actions would be taken against contractor, authorities
assured enraging women.