Mrunal Manmay Dash

After remaining shut for 19 days, the Unit-2 Market Building in Bhubaneswar reopened on Thursday.

While the stalemate between Central Market Building Traders’Association and the street vendors still continues, reopening of the market has provided a sigh of relief for both the small-time traders and shoppers.

However, some showrooms have still not opened their shutters as the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet give assurance to the Central Market Building Association on their demand to evict street vendors from the premises.

Meanwhile, a meeting between the representatives of the Market Building Association and the BMC is currently going on at the BMC office. A result is expected by the end of the day.

Notably, the Market Building Association has been alleging encroachment by the makeshift vendors and demanding their eviction.

As per their allegation, the street vendors are destroying the aesthetics of the market area and making it crowded. The association had urged the BMC to take necessary action.

When BMC allegedly didn’t take any action, the association decided to shut the market building for an indefinite period.

On the other hand, the street vendors have been staging protests demanding to stay on the Market Building premises.

As many as 180-200 vendors run their business in and around the market building, sources informed.

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