Friday, March 24, 2023

Super market in dire need of make over

Staff Reporter

After around a hundred trees between the old Dimapur-Kohima Road and Naga Shopping Arcade were cut down following the incident on October 12,2022 when a falling tree killed a shopper and a vendor ; all vendors were asked to vacate the roadside and carry their business as the designated place behind the Naga Arcade. It may be recalled that huge number of vehicles used to park by the roadside as shoppers purchase various items from stalls on sidewall of Naga Shopping Arcade.
The vehicles caused huge traffic jams and were a constant nuisance due to the roadside business by vendors.
After the place was totally cleansed of trees and vendors relocated to stalls behind Naga Arcade the road was finally freed of the chaotic traffic jams.
However, of late a few sellers were being allowed to restart their business at the same spot by the Development Authority of Nagaland(DAN)authorities which has raised some concern among public.
When asked why some were allowed to do business in the prohibited area, Executive Officer (EO) DAN told this Reporter that several attempts were made to evict the vendors from the site but they continued.
He assured that necessary action would be taken to ensure that there will be no roadside vendors in the area.
When it was also pointed out that even the sidewalk within Naga Shopping Arcade was practically occupied by vendors, the EO said some were allowed but only on Wednesday provided they do not block the road linking the entire Arcade complex.
He said some of the vendors who were relocated used to complain they were few customers visiting their market and most being sellers of local produce.
The EO also admitted that there was need for proper inspection to ensure that the vendors sold their items only within designated areas.
When asked about the unhygienic condition in the market due to absence of proper drain and collection and disposal of garbage, the EO said DAN staff collect garbage and place them at certain spots from where the DMC collected twice in a week.


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