Monday, February 7, 2011

Road-side vendors plight

Mysore: Mysore city is growing with mushrooming of new layouts. In spite of city boasting of two big and bustling vegetables market - Devaraja market and Vani Vilas market, people continue to buy from street-side vendors who sometimes offer their wears at throw away prize compare to their counterparts inside the main markets.

In this growing congestion in city roads street vendors and hawkers around Maruti Circle, Ramakrishna Nagar, Kuvempunagar and Saraswathipuram are having a roaring business by providing a public service and making convenient for some of us.

The vendors from Nanjunalige, Kuvempunagar, Janatha Bazar, Karegalli and surrounding areas come and sell their fruits, vegetables and greens here every day. They come in the eve hours with stock and return home around 10 am and again by 3 pm they come and go back around 6 pm. Most of these vendors buy vegetables from MG Road and some off them from Srirangapatna, T. Narasipura, Nanjangud and some other surrounding villages.

But the plight of these road-side vendors selling vegetables, fruits and flowers, some times even clothes and other wears in the open without and sort of shelter or protection continue to be neglected with seemingly nobody to represent their cause in the corporation.

Most of them are hawkers were unwilling to shift their present business location as it was quite convenient form them without having to shell out for huge rent and licences fee.

“Though in morning time due to high traffic density the roads tend get clogged. It’s easy to purchase the vegetables and fruits here instead of going to market. If we enter the city market the huge rush along with the parking problem makes difficult for shopping,” says Shubha a housewife.

Sepaking to Express, Mayor Sandesh Swamy said that “The Mysore City Corporation is conducting a survey of roadside vendors in city and plans have made to construct stalls for all the roadside vendors in coming days.

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