Pothashang News Service

Imphal, November 24, 2017: Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Town Planning Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today warned the shopkeepers in Imphal to face legal actions if footpaths are not cleared.

The minister also cautioned the vendors without appropriate licence to stop continuing their business in the market places.

Shyamkumar today made a surprise inspection at various market areas in Imphal to check shopkeepers occupying footpaths and contaminating the market. He inspected markets at Majorkhul, Thangal Bazar, Kasturi Bridge, Nagamapal area, Ima Market and Masjid Road.

The inspection came after his repeated appeal to the shopkeepers to cooperate with the government to help keep the Imphal city clean.

Shyamkumar said the inspection will continue in market areas in Imphal city. Similar drives will be also carried out in other Municipal Council areas, he said.

He asked the shopkeepers to clear the footpath so that there can be free movement for pedestrians in the market. “Legal action will be taken against the shopkeepers violating the instructions”, said the minister.

During the inspection today, shopkeepers were asked to remove their belongings and goods kept at the footpath and clean the surroundings of their shops. He appealed to the shopkeepers to keep dustbin and clean their respective areas to avoid legal action.

Rainy season has ended, my department will take up work regarding proper maintenance of footpath, action against illegal constructions, proper diversion of drainage water among others, said Shyamkumar.  

He asked the shopkeepers and vendors, including mobile vendors not to pollute and choke the rivers by throwing garbage. He said the pollution of Nambul River is further leading to the pollution and choking of Loktak Lake.

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