Officials check ground reality of encroachment in chowk, new market

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 12:03:34

Staff Reporter,

To make Chowk Market, Lakherapura and New Market, one of the most crowded markets of the city, convenient for shoppers and traders Mayor Alok Sharma, Divisional Commissioner Ajatshatru Srivastava, District Collector Sudam Khade, DIG Santosh Singh and other officials of Bhopal Municipal Corporation and District Administration did a ground reality check in the market areas for encroachment.

Firstly Mayor and other officials surveyed the Chowk Market and area surrounding it. Shopkeepers said that they are ready to remove encroachment with their free will but if proper arrangements of parking will be made then the traffic flow will become smooth and easy. Mayor assured that parking space in multi-level parking will be given to shopkeepers and salesmen. But if post providing the place any vehicle of shopkeepers and salesmen will be found parked on road in chowk area then they will be towed by the team of Municipal Corporation and fine will also be imposed. Traders association agreed to this point.

Divisional Commissioner during his discussion with the shopkeepers said that proceedings are ongoing to develop Chowk Market as a heritage market. This work will only be possible by positive support from everyone. A plan has been made by Municipal Corporation after discussion with District Administration and Police officials. During the survey small shopkeepers installing temporary small shops in front of big shops which were closed told the officials that for their trade they give per day rent of about Rs 150 to Rs 250 to the shopkeeper of the closed shop.

Some shopkeepers told that they gather goods and material in front of their shop because other shopkeepers are also doing the same. Mayor made them understand that all these things will result in negative impact on the trade of Chowk Market. Chowk Market is the oldest market of the city and to develop it as a heritage support from everybody.
Mayor and officials also did inspection of encroachment in New Market. The 33 feet wide road has been shrunk to only 4 to 5 inches as shopkeepers have kept their goods and material on footpath and in the market streets.

The adornment work has been started by Municipal Corporation from Top n Town to Kwality Restaurant. Traders have been given the time of one week to remove their encroachments or BMC will strictly remove encroachments in which administration will be supporting.