GUWAHATI: The 20,000 vendors in the city, who make a living out of selling their wares on the streets, are hoping to have a government that would be concerned about them and allocate a dedicated area to conduct their business or allow them to continue their business on the street itself.
A large section of vendors stay in the city, while others come to the city every day from places like Nalbari, Kamrup and Goalpara. They take over the footpaths for their business in areas like Chandmari, Silpukhuri, Beltola, Basistha, Panbazar and Maligaon. Whether it’s morning or evening, pedestrians have a tough time negotiating the footpaths.
“We really do not care who comes to power. All we want is a government sympathetic and sensitive to our needs. Our livelihood depends on the footpaths and the streets,” said Imdad Ullah, who hails from Barpeta district in lower Assam.
Ullah sells vegetables on the footpath in Ulubari. He added that no government is poor-friendly. “Before the elections, they make tall promises, but once in power, they turn their back on us,” he said.
Kamala Kanta Deka, who hails from Baihata Chariali in Kamrup district, said the issues of identity and illegal migrants are concerns of political parties. “We are concerned about the price of mustard oil, lentil and LPG cylinders,” said Deka, who runs a temporary pan shop in the Chandmari area in the city, where he also sells newspapers.