Paona Bazaar in Imphal on Wednesday

Imphal: Enraged shopkeepers at Paona Bazar in Manipur’s Imphal West downed shutters on Wednesday afternoon in protest against the state government’s decision on vehicle parking to decongest markets and periphery roads.

On Tuesday, to address the traffic congestion in market areas, Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) issued an order stating, “For management of public parking issued by the IMC on all parking slots/sites at the stretch of Thangal road (from Ima Keithel No.1 to Khoyathong crossing) and Paona Raof (Sun medicos pharmacy to end of Paona International Market) are kept on hold until further order due to heavy traffic congestion caused by disorganised/unsystematic parking of vehicles.”

Speaking to EastMojo, Rohan, a shop owner at Paona Bazar, said, “We are ok with the state government’s order of not allowing parking in front of shops even by the shop owner. However, the police are not allowing even vehicles of customers. That is why we are protesting.”

“If our customers are not allowed to park their vehicles in the market even for a few minutes, how could we run our businesses?” questioned Rohan.

Imphal West City police officer Santosh said, “As per the government’s order, all residents, shop owners, shopkeepers and also shoppers have been directed to park their vehicles along the portion of Naga Nullah. However, the shop owners are saying that their businesses will suffer if vehicles of customers aren’t allowed in the market.”

Earlier, Chief Minister N Biren Singh had announced to do away all idle roadside parking and had urged the citizens to refrain from parking their vehicles by the roadside.

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