Fed up with the vendors cutting into their profits, and authorities' refusal to take action, the shopkeepers in the Laxmi Nagar market have started hiring professional guards. MCD, on the other hand, claims it's a nexus
Shopkeepers at Laxmi Nagar main market have one more reason to be concerned about safety procedures this time. Apparently, with the increasing encroachment by local vendors, shopkeepers have been hiring guards to deal with the problem.
A view of Laxmi Nagar main market in New Delhi on Friday
Such scenes can often be witnessed at the Vijay Chowk, main market, Laxmi Nagar, which is one of the busiest markets of east Delhi. One can easily identify people standing outside the shops, not allowing vendors to stand.
According to the shopkeepers, the vendors do not listen to them, and to get rid of them, they either have to take the help of the relatives or hire professional guards.
"We are left with no other option. Despite asking them politely and trying all other ways, they are not ready to listen to us. Now, due to this decision, many of them have stopped occupying the space," said Kamal Sharma, one of the shopkeepers, main market Laxmi Nagar.
Members of the Laxmi Nagar Traders' Association are also upset because of the vendors and blame the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi police for not taking any action.
"We have been complaining about the issue for the last so many years. This problem is not at all new. Shopkeepers have been suffering badly due to this. Some of the vendors stand almost in the middle of the road, leading to huge traffic jams.
The situation is even more chaotic on Tuesday, when the local market is set-up here. The condition of traffic is so bad that it's hard to enter the main market, and almost impossible to bring any vehicle on the road.
The vendors put up their stalls almost in the middle of the road, leading to huge traffic jams. Pic/Subhash Barolia