Footpaths encroached by street vendors in Vidyaranyapuram 2nd Main
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Footpaths encroached by street vendors in Vidyaranyapuram 2nd Main

November 22, 2022

Sir,

The stretch of footpaths on either side of 2nd Main Road and the corners connecting the cross roads in Vidyaranyapuram (near SBI Branch) is encroached by fruit /vegetable and flower vendors, two-wheelers and some times cars too.

This is depriving pedestrians of their walking space and they are forced to walk on road risking their lives. Many buyers, particularly in evenings, randomly park their vehicles and create further nuisance for the traffic.

Recently, a car would have run over a vegetable vendor who encroach the corner space to sell vegetables at the intersection of 2nd Main and 2nd Cross to sell vegetables. By God’s grace he narrowly escaped unhurt.

It is unfortunate that the MCC and Traffic Police Department is turning a blind eye on this matter. Under the guise of giving importance to ‘right to livelihood’ of street vendors, the rights of the pedestrians are forgotten by the MCC and Traffic Police. One can guess that it is due to corruption in the system and definitely not out of any humane consideration towards street vendors.  

If the City Corporation has a common concern, this problem can be addressed to the satisfaction of both, that is, the public as well as footpath vendors.  Since 70 years, I  am seeing a huge dry land (Bhootale Pitch) lying vacant near terminal of 2nd Main Road, Vidyaranyapuram. Why don’t the MCC use this land  to come up with a vendors’ zone to relocate these street vendors pertaining to this ward with some  basic infrastructure? A search for similar vacant spaces to create vending zones in each wards (as is done by many tier-2 cities like Indore, Bhubaneswar) is the need of the hour.  

This will markedly brighten the city’s prospects of improving its position in the annual Swachh Survekshan ranking !

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– A concerned citizen, Vidyaranyapuram 2nd Main Road, 12.11.2022

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Footpaths encroached by street vendors in Vidyaranyapuram 2nd Main”

  1. Deepak says:

    In India there’s least respect and consideration for the tax payers, whereas freebies seekers enjoy at the cost of law abiding citizens.For example vehicle owners pay lifetime taxes and pay taxes at regular intervals during insurance and other renewals.But they hardly get any space to park their vehicles in Mysore city.Even though vehicle registration is a definite source of revenue to the government.The police behaves rudely with vehicle owners and will not hesitate to slap the penalty in case of parking voilations.

  2. Prashanth says:

    Nowhere in mysore footpath are free for pedestrians. No rules and regulations made by traffic police. Everywhere there is footpath encroachment and day by day vehicles increasing on road without parking space all around. There is no future without rules taken.

  3. Joseph Mundassery says:

    Hello @Deepak and @Prashanth
    What do you expect from Modi’s India and the Bommai rule in Karnataka? They are much worse than Congress in terms of their inefficiency and encouraging corruption. Bommai and his ministers like the home minister who with his caterpillar moustache looks more like a criminal gang member, are responsible for the police, who are riddled with massive corruption from the police commissioner downwards.
    The vendors bribe the MCC officials and the police. The vendors are not individuals , but are hired by criminal gangs who launder their illegal money through these road side businesses. The suspicion is the Malayalee crime bosses resident in the UAE, the gold smugglers, masquerading as business men-who by the way was invited by Modi, assuring them non-stop UAE-Mysore flight after Mysore airport gets expanded, are increasingly financing illegal businesses like these vendors, bribing the MCC officials and the police.
    You will notice the massive increase of unregistered cars, which help the above Malayalee crime bosses to expand their Hawala channel money transactions, help to kidnap and punish those who default the Hawala terms.
    This is more than what you both assume, controlled by the above criminal gangs who have almost unlimited cash in US Dollars. No wonder the MCC officials and the police do not do anything.
    We have experience of what you have said in Kerala.

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