Traders left in a lurch

Rajbiraj, February 4

Rajbiraj locals, who had been earning their livelihood by doing business at a local fair, have been left in a lurch after the municipality issued an order to vacate the land used for the fair within two weeks in Saptari. The municipality had issued the order two days ago.

Hundreds of local traders are worried about losing their livelihood after the municipality planned to construct a shopping complex by removing huts. More than 300 families were earning their livelihood by selling ready-made garments, grocery items, agricultural produce, cosmetic items and kitchen utensils, among others.

“The municipality’s order came suddenly and unexpectedly without providing us any alternative for earning our livelihood. The officials have asked us to shift our business to an open land, where there is no human settlement and no movement of people,” said Ishwor Prasad Sah, a local.

Following the decree, traders have demanded that they be provided space in the shopping complex as they were earning their livelihood ever since the declaration of the municipality.

Local traders formed a struggle committee led by Bandhu Prasad Das and submitted a memorandum to the municipality today. “We are not against development, but we want the municipality to give us a proper option to shift our business,” said struggle committee coordinator Das.

Meanwhile, Rajbiraj Mayor Shambhu Prasad Yadav said they were planning to construct the complex keeping in view the hardship of traders and they would be given priority after the complex was constructed.