January 24, 2014
WB CM lays the foundation stone for Darjeeling hawkers` market
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone for the hawkers` market on CR Das road in Darjeeling.
In a bid to make Darjeeling town cleaner and more beautiful, the CM had earlier instructed the district administration to identify areas where the town`s street hawkers could be relocated. District administration officials, along with officials of the Darjeeling Municipality, had been working hard to identify the places.
There are around 600 registered street hawkers in Darjeeling, who carry out their business under four-five different street hawkers` associations.
The project at CR Das road will have a concrete building that can accommodate at least 90 hawkers.
The district administration, the municipality and the PWD have identified a few more locations (where the hawkers can be relocated) and these are expected to be finalised soon.
The project to rehabilitate the street hawkers was one of the key issues raised during Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee`s visit to Darjeeling last year.