SHILLONG, Oct 30 - The decision of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to evict hawkers from the Mothpran area led to a huge commotion and temporary shutdown of shops today. Enforcement agencies of the KHADC tried to evict the hawkers, which led to protests by some non-tribal hawkers.
In the ensuing melee, several hawkers in the area and on the GS Road packed up their wares and left. Some shopkeepers also downed their shutters, fearing law-and-order problems.
The enforcement agencies were trying to implement a resolution of the KHADC, which rules that non-tribal hawkers must have trading licences to conduct their business.
Street hawkers who set up their business without any scrutiny, have been operating all over the State capital. KHADC officials pointed out that some hawkers were carrying out their business by occupying footpaths and streets.
The hawkers� issue has lately emerged as a major civic problem in the State capital due to the congestion it has created. In Police Bazaar, the hawkers have taken over most streets and footpaths, causing inconvenience to pedestrians.
On the other hand, an association of hawkers has already approached the High Court to prevent their eviction till an alternative arrangement for their livelihood is made.