CUTTACK: Though the vending zone at Jobra in Ward 41 was inaugurated by Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) four years back, it remains out of business. Call it the indifferent attitude of CMC authorities or lack of willingness of the civic body, the vending zone is yet to be made functional.
As per reports, CMC authorities had decided to construct a vending zone in the then Ward 36 at Jobra to rehabilitate evicted local shopkeepers.
The foundation stone was laid by Cuttack-Choudwar MLA Prabhat Biswal for the vending zone near Jobra fish market on August 31, 2010. Accordingly, the construction work commenced and 63 open platforms (Pindis) were set up with an expenditure of `6 lakh.
Without allotting the ‘Pindis’ to businessmen, the newly-constructed vending zone was inaugurated by MLA Biswal on August 31, 2012. Surprisingly, not a single Pindi has been allotted to shopkeepers who had already applied and submitted money for the same.
“We have been demanding for allotment of the Pindis since long but no action has been initiated,” said Chandramani Rout, a local shopkeeper who has been running from pillar to post for a platform at the vending zone ever since his makeshift shop was demolished by the district administration. “If the Pindis are allotted to us, we would be able to run our business in a fixed way,” he added.
On the other hand, the vending zone space is being used by some locals to store sand and stone chips illegally for their business purpose.
Some are even using the premises of the vending zone as a parking place.
The unused vending zone has also turned a hunting ground of anti-socials who are using the Pindis as a place to consume liquor and other drugs. Contacted, CMC Commissioner Gyana Das refused to comment. However, Chairman of CMC Licence Standing Committee Bikash Ranjan Behera said 63 persons had applied and deposited money for the Pindis of Jobra vending zone.
But the platforms could not be allotted due to some litigation and related complicacies. The CMC will make efforts to allot the Pindis of the vending zone soon, Behera added.