Ravana was moved from Anna Salai to this stretch in 2011. Photo: V. Ganesan   | Photo Credit: V_GANESAN

Here’s a strange case of a tenant who is behind the owner to pay his rent pending for over three years.

C. Ravana, 56, occupies stall no.44 on Link Road, which connects Binny Road and Dams Road. He moved here in 2011 after the hawking committee, headed by Justice A. Ramamurthy, instructed the Chennai Corporation to relocate hawkers to this stretch off Anna Salai. Allotments were made for nearly 171 vendors on Link Road, but Ravana is the only person who has set shop on the 20ft space.

“Others moved out of the stretch within a few months after seeing little prospects doing business here. We were fixed a rent of Rs.100 every month. But why isn’t the Corporation collecting rent from me?,” asks Ravana, showing a cheque of Rs.3,000 drawn in favour of Corporation that he kept ready since May. “When I gave the cheque to the officials concerned, they did not accept my cheque as I did not have an ‘Allotment Order Copy’ for my shop. Officials say that without the order copy, the rent amount cannot be billed at all. Meanwhile, I have been striving hard for the past three years to get the order copy, however, my efforts were in vain.

Ravana sells tea, biscuits and other snacks and the Rs.300 he earns a day is big for him. He thinks there is some other “nexus” behind not collecting the rent from him ever since he set up the shop here. “Some individuals have bought five to six stalls and are not letting others do business,” he asks why other vendors are not setting up shop on Link Road. If I don’t pay my rent, tomorrow they will cite this as a reason for pushing me out from Link Road.

Ravana started by selling slippers outside the pavement at Devi Theatre on Anna Salai since early 70s. “We had better amenities and prospects there.

Even if I wanted to leave my stall for some time, other vendors on the stretch would take care,” says Ravana, who cycles to work from Perambur. “Although moving from Anna Salai hit my business, at least it is like my own shop,” he says, flashing his ID from Affected Person’s Association. “I am a law-abiding citizen and I want my rent to be collected every month. Also, amenities around must be improved so that more vendors start doing business here,” he adds.

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