They are put up between platforms and bus bays
MADURAI: The Madurai Corporation has facilitated setting up of 75 stalls to regulate flower vendors, who move around the Mattuthavani integrated bus stand causing inconvenience to passengers.
The stalls, measuring four by three feet, have a canopy and a steel stand to hold flower baskets. The stalls have been put up between platforms and bus bays.
“Barricades had already been installed along the platform that would prevent the flower vendors from moving into the walking space,” the Corporation Superintending Engineer, K. Sakthivel, said.
The present arrangement would not hinder movement of either passengers or buses, he added.
The stalls would not be allotted to individuals on a permanent basis, but on rotation on the lines of Uzhavar Santhai.
“Every day, the stalls would be allotted on a first-come-first-served basis and vendors issued tokens,” Mr. Sakthivel added.
A non-governmental organisation has put up the stalls at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh. Each vendor will have to pay Rs.20 for the stall every day and the money will be equally shared between the NGO and the Corporation.
Corporation officials have discussed the issue with the vendors’ association representatives. “They have been warned against carrying the flower baskets into the platform,” Mr. Sakthivel said.