Crackdown on encroachments in Flower Bazaar area. T.S. ATUL SWAMINATHAN reports
Acting on the directive issued by the Madras High Court in 2012 to Chennai Corporation and Chennai City Police to evict encroachments on NSC Bose Road, the Chennai City Police on Thursday evicted street hawkers from Flower Bazaar Police Station to Malaya Perumal Street, George Town, to facilitate a parking slot for two-wheelers.
Heated arguments and a minor scuffle broke out between the street vendors and a large posse of police personnel, bringing the vehicular traffic to a grinding halt for more than half-an-hour on the arterial NSC Bose Road.
Police officials said, for the second time, complying with the directive by the Madras HC, the encroachments are being removed to create a parking slot for two-wheelers.
The move will help to reduce congestion and curb haphazard parking of vehicles, from Flower Bazaar to Malaya Perumal Street, on NSC Bose Road.
S. Murugan, Secretary, Nadaipadhai Vyabarigal Sangam, says, ‘We have been running our business here for more than 30 years. The Chennai Corporation should allocate an alternate resettlement for the street vendors. We submitted petitions to the Chennai Corporation and Hawkers Committee, Chennai, regarding the resettlement.
They (Chennai Corporation and Hawkers Committee) have not informed anything regarding the petition till date. ’ Krishnamoorthy, a resident of Adambakkam, says : ‘Pedestrians find it difficult to walk on the road due to haphazard parking of vehicles, and encroachments by the street vendors. It would be good if a parking slot is soon facilitated for two-wheelers as it will help to reduce traffic congestion on the busy arterial road.’ P. Anis Raja, President, George Town All Merchants Welfare Association, pointed out that following the HC order in 2012, the State government provided them (street vendors) an alternative resettlement. The vendors, presently on NSC Bose, are unauthorized street hawkers.
The traffic congestion at Parrys is due to unauthorized parking of vehicles.
It would be good if the State government builds a multi-level car parking facility on the lines of one in Bangalore and European countries. The facility, can be constructed at Thiruvalluvar Bus Stop or Flower Bazaar Bus Stand, will help to reduce traffic congestion in George Town, he pointed out.
We (George Town All Merchants Welfare Association) are soon going to meet the Mayor Saidai Sa. Duraisamy in this regard. We are ready to assist the State government in implementing the project, he added.