Kullu vendors resent squatters at Dusshera Grounds

Kullu: Trouble is brewing over squatting at Dhalpur ground (also known as Dussehra ground) where temporary stalls that were erected for the Spring Festival (held on 30th April) are still doing business and the local vendors have begun to object over loss of business in turn.

With the municipal committee having failed to evict the temporary stalls, the civic officials and the local vendors have sought the intervention of the district administration to get the ground cleared of temporary encroachers.

Temporary stalls  at Kullu Dussehra Grounds
Temporary stalls at Kullu Dussehra Grounds (Photo by Renuka Gautam)

Rakesh Kohali, president of local vendors association told Hill Post, ‘many stalls installed on Dhalpur for the Spring Festival (Peepal Jattar in local dialect) are still being allowed to do carry on doing their business while the festival closed on 30th April. It is drastically affecting our business.’

The association has even raised the issue with Kullu Municipal Committee but though an assurance for removing the stalls was given, it has not been backed by any action, said Kohali. Local venders are now in no mood to be more tolerant,” he added.

Tej Singh, Executive Officer (EO) Kullu MC when contacted by Hill Post said, the process of clearing the ground of these stalls is going on as the time limit for them has already been expired. We have also written to the district administration and sought police help for removing them,” said Singh.

Efforts made to contact Hans Raj Chauhan, deputy commissioner Kullu over phone by Hill Post failed as he did not respond to the call.

A theater artist, a script writer and a TV anchor, news is something that grips Renuka. She lives in Kullu.

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