By Asiya Raheem
As part of measures being taken by the authorities to decongest the City Centre, the street vendors which dotted Batmaloo, Amira Kadal, Residency Road etc., have been asked to close their operations till relocated to the SRTC bus yard, Lal Chowk. The government had in a press release given a stern warning to the vendors stating that not only would the vendors have to pay heavy fines but the authorities would also seize their merchandise if found occupying the city roads and footpaths. While the city does seem a lot cleaner, this decision doesn’t seem to have gone too well with the street vendors. The vendors, in their recent protests at press enclave, accused the government of not only robbing them of their livelihood but also pushing them deep in debt. How justified are the street vendors in their protests? How does the general public feel about the crackdown on these vendors? Team KO asks. Here is what a few pedestrians have to say.