VELLORE: The busy Nethaji Market road’s footpaths are occupied by parked two wheelers and road side shops, causing concern to the increasing number of shoppers at the market.
The Nethaji Market does not have a parking lot, due to which, vehicles are parked on footpaths. During peak hours, the pedestrians and shoppers have no space to move around and are forced to walk in the middle of the roads. The entire market stretch faces similar problems.
“On both sides, two wheelers are parked and the road side fruit and vegetables vendors have also filled the road space, making it difficult for the movement of vehicles and passersby to pass through the long stretch of the market road,” said a commuter.
When asked about the encroachment of footpaths, a fruit vendor said, “Where do we sell our goods? We don’t have any other place.”
Tamil Nadu Merchant Association District Secretary R B Gnanavelu said, “We have complained to the police department many times regarding the illegal parking of vehicles on the footpath. Yet, no action has been taken so far. We requested the Corporation to allot some space for road side vendors to sell their goods. A resolution was passed to build market space for them in the recent council meeting.”
He added, “Day to day the Nethaji market is witnessing more number of people. We urge the Corporation to build a parking lot for the consumers. This will also reduce the traffic on the long bazaar road.”