Panaji kiosk owners meet Parrikar


Kiosk owners, affected by the drive of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP), on Thursday met chief minister Manohar Parrikar seeking his intervention, sources said.
The CCP continued its action of clearing illegal stationary kiosks from the city. CCP officials cleared kiosks from the Mala and Panaji bus stand area on Thursday in a drive that began to avoid contempt of court. So far, 35 illegal kiosks have been cleared in a drive that began on Tuesday. Eleven gaddas, mostly from the Altinho area, are yet to be cleared. The high court had in 2000 ordered that all illegal encroachments be cleared from public pathways. Owners were reported to have pleaded with CCP officials to spare their kiosks which they claim is their source of livelihood. TOI learns that the government may rehabilitate affected kiosks in a designated hawking zone. [TOI]