Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh extended his appreciation to shopkeepers of Paona and Thangal Bazar areas for cooperating with the government order issued for shifting of parking space while the shopkeepers have set a deadline of April 14 for the authorities concerned to issue the “assured order” regarding their demand.
One shopkeeper told the Imphal Free Press that as per an assurance made by authority concerned in the presence of both superintendent of police, Imphal West and traffic police, the shopkeeper took the decision to reopen the shops along the Paona Bazaar stretch. However, they would take intensified steps if the government fails to meet their demand, he said.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Biren said that the government order on shifting of the parking area along Paona and Thangal Bazar stretch was issued to ease the traffic congestion for commuters. He appreciated the shopkeepers of Paona and Thangal Bazar for cooperating with the government’s policies.
He further announced that the market shed constructed for street vendors at Lamphel and Temporary market behind Family Welfare will be completed as a part of the 100-day programme of the BJP government. He appealed to the vendors not to open their shops on the roadsides mainly in the city area to avoid traffic congestion.
In the meeting, it was assured that the customers will be allowed to park their vehicles for a few minutes and the authority concerned also gave a positive response regarding the shopkeepers’ demand to allow entry of vehicles into Paona bazaar from the Paona International Market side as a one way route.
The shopkeepers unanimously resolved that if the assurance does not materialise with a government order by April 14, then intensified steps will be taken up, the shopkeeper told the Imphal Free Press.