Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: Tightening the noose around erring shop keepers and roadside vendors, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) directed officials to cancel trading license, if shop keepers are found littering the streets.

Strict implementation of this initiative will start from Monday, December 28, informed BMC Commissioner, Prem Chandra Choudhary.

As per Choudhary, despite repeated warnings and awareness drives, there are some habitual offenders who make it a point to throw waste in front of their shops making the atmosphere unhealthy for commuters.

In a stern warning to the vendors, Choudhary said that, "The erring shop keepers will not only be fined, their trade license will also be revoked. If needed, their shops can be sealed as well."

"We had discussed with the shopkeepers and street vendors to keep two types of bins - one for dry waste and another for wet garbage. But as the move did not yield any fruitful results, we have decided to cancel licenses of the erring traders," stated Choudhary.

"If vendors who have encroached government land to make a living are found throwing garbage on the road, their stalls/shops will be razed upon," warned Choudhary.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)