Apartments Owners' Association (AOA) of Ashiana Upvan, a residential condominium in Ahinsa Khand II locality of Indirapuram, has demanded relocation of stationary vendors by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) outside their society's boundary to a vending zone.
In a letter to the GDA, the AOA cited traffic congestion, encroachment and law and order as reasons for the demand.
Anil Sharma, president of the AOA, said, "We have a number of market complexes in the locality where items of daily needs are sold at a distance of 200-250 metre from the society. We don't need stationary vendors in the area. Their presence adds to traffic congestion and inconvenience to the residents."
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However, their demand is not restricted to their society. The AOA wants all stationary vendors across Ahinsa Khand II, who have established their temporary shops, to go mobile.
"Till a time the GDA does not allot spaces to stationary vendors in the proposed vending zone, these vendors, should be made mobile. They should be allowed to operate from inside the society till their relocation."
"They create hurdles for smooth flow of traffic in the area. If they go mobile, they could be asked to move so that traffic doesn't get stuck because of them," Sharma explained.
Sharma, however, was in favour of exemption of the laundryman and the cobbler from the rule. "Societies can provide spaces to them inside their premises or they (vendors) can set up their shops at spots where there is less possibility of traffic congestion," he said.
Last week, an anti-encroachment drive was conducted by the GDA with a concerted effort of all the AOAs in the locality. However, days after the drive, the vendors were back in business.