Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation on Friday removed hundreds of roadside shops that were encroaching on NSC Bose Road. Nearly three rows of shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers and clothes were removed in the stretch from Govindappa Naicken Street to Kuralagam signal.

An official of Zone 3, under which the road falls, said that the shops were encroaching over 20 feet of carriageway and platform space. Access to several streets, including Malayappan Street, Godown Street and Badrian Street had been narrowed due to these shops, he added.

The drive was conducted with the help of the police, who would keep a constant watch on the vendors. The civic body had been removing encroachments in the area from time to time, the official said, adding that the vendors only kept coming back. He said that an alternative site had been provided for these vendors, which they were not utilising.

A spokesperson of the National Association of Street Vendors of India said the alternative site did not have enough public movement. “The vendors must be consulted before alternative sites are provided to them. These vendors buy their wares by taking loans and their business mainly happens in the evenings when people return home.” He said the Association wants the national policy on urban street vendors to be implemented.