Ima Keithel made off-limit for male vendors

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 13th Apr: A day after the women’s wing of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) imposed prohibition on non-local street vendors from selling their wares in Khwairamband Keithel (market) area, MAHUD minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has announced complete ban on male vendors in and around Ima Keithel.
Speaking to newspersons at his New Secretariat office on Friday, the minister observed that presence of male traders in the all-women markets dilutes historical significance of Ima Keithel.
While conveying that the ban will come into immediate effect, he cautioned that those found defying the government decision will have to face the consequences under relevant law of the land.
Shyamkumar explained that the decision to ban male vendors inside the historic market place is to preserve the age-old tradition and image of the said market place as an exclusive zone for women traders, which is also regarded as the largest all-women market in Asia.
He also pointed out that legal action will be initiated against those who violate the strictures under the Manipur Municipalities Act, 2004 along with advising all male vendors to remove their wares immediately.
He announced that MAHUD department will launch drive from April 15 to examine whether or not shops, buildings and other commercial establishments within the purview of Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) are complying with the earlier directive for mandatory installation of fire extinguishers and dustbins.
Violation of the department’s rules and regulations will attract legal action, he added.
Shyamkumar further announced that the drive will be also carried out against buildings/other establishments which are under-construction and under-renovation in the market areas to check whether the works have the approval from the Town Planning and IMC. He also advised illegal occupants to clear the passage between shops to avoid unnecessary action.
It may be mentioned here that a series of notices issued by the IMC since February, 2018 made it mandatory for the shops and other commercial establishments to install fire extinguishers in order to minimise loss of public properties and human lives during sudden outbreak of fire under the Imphal Municipal Building Bye-Laws, 2013.
IMC also made it mandatory under Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 for shops and other commercial establishments to install dustbins to segregate waste at source. It is also mandatory for all shop owners to get their respective shops registered and licensed under the Imphal Municipal Corporation, Registration and Licensing of Shop Bye Laws, 1998.
Extending his greetings on the auspicious occasion of Cheiraoba which falls on Saturday, to the people of Manipur, especially women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel, the minister advised the shop owners and women vendors to abide by the rules and regulations laid down by the department.
Asking department officials to strive for creating mass awareness about all initiatives of the department, Minister Shyamkumar further appealed to the public to extend cooperation to the department officials so that they can carry out department’s work smoothly.

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