DEOLALI CAMP: The administrative body of Deolali Camp, Deolali Cantonment Board, has issued notices to street vendors within their jurisdiction demanding immediate closure of their stalls. If the vendors fail to comply with the board’s orders, the board shall take strict action against the offenders. In the letter undersigned by Umesh Gorwardkar, Administrative Officer and PRO, Deolali Cantonment Board, the board has informed all the vendors that their establishment (shop/stall) on the camp’s road is illegal and causing traffic congestion and other related problems.
The board has directed the vendors to shift to the hawkers’ designated zones within seven days of receipt of this letter. As stated under Deolali Cantonment Board Resolution no.2 dated 5/10/2011, the hawkers zones in camp are as follows:- opposite Bohra Masjid, near cantonment’s public library, lane adjacent to SPCA property, near MSEB office (Gawlivada), Shani Mandir Road (opp. military store), Sunday market, behind Gurnani Plaza, and from MPCA wall to RMO quarter.
As per the orders of the Chief Executive Officer, if vendors fail to comply with the orders, they will be charged Rs.5,000 under Section 333 of the Cantonment Act, 2006. Apart from fining them, the board will confiscate their stall/items. Due to the frequent complaints of shopkeepers and former vice president Balwant Mahadeo Godse, the board decided to take this action and do justice to all.
The Deolali Camp shopkeepers have expressed relief over the board’s decision stating that the vendors had halved their income. Due to cheap items available at stalls, people had stopped stepping into the shops. While the shopkeepers agreed that everyone deserves a chance to earn, they wanted the board to designate a fixed spot for all the vendors in town.
Apart from shopkeepers, even pedestrians, motorists, and drivers have expressed satisfaction over the board’s decision. They stated the decision shall help reduce traffic in town and provide adequate space to commuters for travelling.