Bhangagarh Vending Zone: Court Orders GMC to Provide Settlement for Vendors
GUWAHATI: It was on 4th May 2017 that the officials of GMC, along with the Mayor and Circle Officer Lakhinandan Saharia reached the Bhangagarh market and carried out the eviction drive without issuing any prior intimation.
It was said earlier that the market which was in existence in front of the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) would be shifted to below the Bhangagarh flyover but the GMC officials went ahead and evicted the market without giving any notice.
In the eviction drive 80 unauthorized shops, kiosks, restaurants and fruit and vegetable stalls were removed. The official of GMC said that the eviction was carried out so as to free up the traffic movement. The GMC took the action after the stretch from Bhangagarh flyover to the rotary at GMCH emergency entry point was declared “Protected Area” by the district administration.
But whatever be the reason, the public money amounting to Rs 20 lakhs that was used did not serve its purpose.
Debajit Senapati, working president of ASVA and an executive member of National Association of Street Vendors said, “I was arrested and kept in custody for fourteen days. We had registered a case (Case No. I.A.(Civil).1878/2017) with regard to the eviction in the Gauhati High Court. The Court has asked GMC to settle the dispute before 23 January 2020. We have met with the Commissioner of GMC but there seems to be no progress although we have been assured.”
GMC Commissioner Debeswar Malakar justified GMC’s stand saying, “The High Court has ordered us to allot settlement to eleven vendors. We have already processed the files but are awaiting the NOC from the DC’s Office as the vending zone falls under ‘Protected Area’ which has not yet been received. As such we are unable to proceed with the work.”