Hyderabad: Residents at Sitaphalmandi in Secunderabad residents said hawkers and vendors were occupying not only footpaths but also roads, making it difficult for commuters and pedestrians.
Mr Srikanth Dubey, a resident of Mylargadda, said, “It is very difficult to walk on the footpaths as they are occupied by fruit vendors and hawkers. Vendors have also occupied part of the road, making it difficult for pedestrians.”
“I can barely identify a footpath on the stretch. I often get hit by the handles of two-wheelers on my elbows while walking on the road,” said local resident Pooja Goyal.
She said the encroachments on the road to Secunderabad station has become a major bottleneck during the evening hours, as customers stop to purchase fruits from the vendors. Even though several representations were made to civic authorities, residents said they could see no respite.
A senior GHMC official offered no immediate succour. He said the issue would be resolved only after implementing the street vending policy. He said that corporation will earmark vending zones in Sitaphalmandi to facilitate commuters and pedestrians.