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Beach Road Hawkers Set to Move Out

Published: 09th September 2014 06:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th September 2014 06:17 AM   |  A+A-

PUDUCHERRY : The Puducherry Municipal authorities have started the process for relocating all the  hawkers from the beach area adjacent to the Gandhi Statue to a site  close to a  hotel on the beach.

This move follows the order of Lieutenant Governor Ajay Kumar Singh to this  effect.

A notice was issued to shift the hawkers and they had given their consent in writing a few week ago to move to the new place.  

S Thammu Ganapathy, Puducherry Municipal Commissioner, told  Express on Monday that the place, which had been  vacant for many years, was  being cleared of the debris and garbage. The Municipal workers, with the help of an earth-moving equipment, were involved in levelling the ground in the area where the hawkers would be moving in, he said, adding that it might take a few more days to relocate the hawkers.

He further said care was being taken to guard the transformer located at the site as it supplies power to the Raj Niwas constituency. Railings would  be erected around the transformer, he added.

According to sources, the  hawkers were spoiling the  beauty of the beach, and so have been asked to move. The tourists and local visitors to the beach front buy snacks etc and leave the food waste, paper plates, and garbage and plastic cups on the beach itself.

At present,  there were about 125 hawkers near the Gandhi Thidal and their number was increasing while the rest of the beach front was  being occupied by cart vendors.

On  whether their business would be affected, Lakshmi, who sells maize, said that they might find it difficult to find customers in the relocated area until the people become familiar with it.

“We signed our consent to the suggestion for relocation so we have to shift,” said  Adilakshmi, another woman vendor.

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