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Evicted street vendors stage demonstration

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The union members will meet the District Collector to submit a memorandum today

VENTING IRE:Street vendors stage a demonstration to protest the removal of their shops from pavements in Hanamkonda on Sunday.– Photo: M. Murali
VENTING IRE:Street vendors stage a demonstration to protest the removal of their shops from pavements in Hanamkonda on Sunday.– Photo: M. Murali

Scores of street vendors staged a demonstration under the aegis of CITU protesting the removal of petty shops along the road near Hanamkonda chowrasta.

The Footpath & Street Vendors Hawkers Union president Velpula Sarangapani, addressing the gathering, said there were nearly 250 street vendors who had been eking out a living operating shops and pushcarts at the chowrasta for over two decades.

Forcibly removed

Now, the police and municipal officials were objecting to their business and had forcibly removed them from the roads rendering them jobless.

The municipal corporation was urged to give identity cards to vendors who have been here since long. In the interest of poor people, the union had been demanding that police and corporation officials allow a minimum number of vendors on the pavements to carry on their business.

“We urge the police to allow those who are not coming in the way of traffic to continue their trade,” Sarangapani said.

On Monday, the union members will meet the District Collector to submit a memorandum with some demands.

The union’s demands include creating alternative arrangements for displaced street vendors, issue of identity cards to petty and street vendors and issue gas on subsidy to the eating points on the streets among others.


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