By Sunil Sonker
Mussoorie, 17 May: At a meeting held at the Municipal Council conference hall, a clash took place between Mussoorie Traders’ Association President Rajat Aggarwal and social worker Megh Singh Kandari on the issue of removal of encroachments from the Mall Road and evicting street vendors. It may be mentioned that, recently, the district and municipal authorities jointly with other departments have been removing illegal encroachments from the side of the Mussoorie-Dehradun road and the Mall Road due to which people are facing problems. Many of them have lost their means of livelihood. Street vendors have also been completely removed from the Mall Road.
Social activist Megh Singh Kandari alleged that officials of the administration and Municipal Council were not providing any relaxation to the shopkeepers on removal of the encroachment. He said the tourist season had started and the action would affect business in town. He said the drive should have started earlier and stopped now. He suggested it be held after August. He demanded rehabilitation of street vendors according to the instructions of the Supreme Court. He said the District and Municipal administrations were creating unnecessary pressure on shopkeepers to remove their encroachment immediately, and they should be given time. Mussoorie Traders Union President Rajat Aggrawal said that due to street vendors, the shop owners of Mall Road suffered huge losses. He said street vendors would not been allowed on mall road and if it was done then a huge agitation would be carried out by traders against the municipal council. He added that, to make the Mall Road orderly and beautiful, each and every person of Mussoorie had to support the action taken by the district administration.