Noida: Despite a strict advisory to avoid coming out unnecessarily during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, residents of around 20 residential societies in Sector 62, Noida, have to walk down around a mile of distance to buy vegetables from a local mandi.
They are doing so since the time local police acted on complaints of valuable snatching from residents. They restricted entries of vegetable vendors on roads between these societies considering safety and security of residents. But this has created a new problem for them especially during the challenging time, residents complained.
They said that though they appreciate the action taken for controlling incidents of valuable snatching. But it failed as there is hardly any control on these incidents. Moreover, the residents are going through huge inconvenience as they have to cover a distance of around a mile for buying vegetables.
Gulshan Dhamija, a vigilant citizen said, “It is safe to stay indoors during the ongoing challenging time but residents haven't any alternate option rather coming out and walking down to the local mandi for meeting daily needs of buying vegetables.”
“We have heard a lot about the Noida Authority’s strict attempts to implement vending zone policy in the city. But it is not visible in this sector. The authority has not even installed any sign board indicating that the place is reserved for vendors only,” he added.
The problem can be mitigated for residents if the authority takes measuring steps for enforcing the policy on the ground. Dhamija said, “If the authority allocates space to vendors and ensures that they are coming to their designated space for selling vegetables in the identified vending zones, the problem would be solved for a long time.''
He has consistently been following the issue with concerned officers but they are yet to take action. He said, “Forget the action, they don't even bother to respond to the formal communication made to them.”