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Street vendors oppose clearance drive

Staff Correspondent
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Up in arms:Street vendors and petty shopkeepers staging a protest in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale
Up in arms:Street vendors and petty shopkeepers staging a protest in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale

Street vendors and petty shopkeepers took out a march here on Thursday, protesting against the clearance drive launched by the corporation which prevented them from carrying out their business by the roadside.

The municipal corporation has begun clearing non-hawking zones in the twin cities, in the wake of the High Court taking exception to non-implementation of hawking and non-hawking zones.

‘We pay rent’

The protesters, under the banner of Savardharma Beedi Vyaparasthara Sangha, claimed they were operating shops on the roadside by regularly paying the stallage (rent fixed by the corporation) for over a decade. “We are poor and can’t afford to pay rent for shops in commercial complexes. If you remove our petty shops suddenly, then where do we go?” they said.

They demanded that the authorities take up the clearance drive only after making alternative arrangements for them. They later also submitted a memorandum, addressed to the municipal Commissioner.

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