‘Street vendors will not be allowed to vend at Khwairamband Ima Market area after 8 am’

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Imphal: To ease traffic congestion and as a part of establishment of smart Imphal City, street vendors will not be allowed to vend at Khwairamband Ima market after 8 am from Tuesday.

This was declared by Imphal Municipal Corporation caretaker L. Lokeshwor on Monday.

He told reporters here that the step was taken under the instruction of chief minister N. Biren Singh and MAHUD minister Y. Khemchand in order to ease the traffic congestion in the Imphal city area.

“The street vendors at Khwairamband Ima market or the vegetable whole sellers or dealers can sell their items till 8 am and after that they can continue their business at Lamphel market that have a capacity of 1,300 seats,” the IMC caretaker said.

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He said the street vendors can submit their details to IMC in order to get shop licence and card for vending at Lamphel near Supermarket.

Lokeshwor said for permanent parking space of vehicles along the stretch of Paona and Thangal market the government has a plan which was yet to be implemented.

On April 5, Imphal Municipal Corporation had issued a notice which mentioned that all the vehicles of shop owners, officials of financial institutions or any kind of establishments and residents of Paona Bazaar (transacting business or residing within the stretch from ‘Mahabir Pharmacy till the end of Paona International Market’) should park their resoective vehicles at the ‘western road side, behind Johnstone Higher Secondary School’ from 5 am to 7 pm with immediate effect.

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While for Thangal bazaar, the vehicles for shop owners, officials of financial institutions and residents of Thangal bazaar within the stretch from Ima Keithel number 1 to Khoyathong crossing should park their respective vehicles at the slab covered portion of Naga Nullah i.e. from Maharani Thong to Kasturi Thong and from Kasturi Thong to Public toilet near Kangjabi Leirak for 4 wheelers and from SSS hotel to till the end of slab covered portion towards Khoyathong for 2 wheelers from 5 am to 7 pm.

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On the same day before the notice was issued, city police along with Imphal West district police and traffic police Imphal West took stringent action against to take out the vehicles parked along the two stretches. However, demanding to allow to park the vehicles for customers of Paona Market, the shop owners along the Paona Market shut down all the shops till the next day (April 6).

After some days vehicles were seen parking as before however no IMC ticketing staff for parking were not seen along the two stretches which is Thangal and Paona bazars.

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