8th Mar 2022 12:03:AM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

For any growing urban centre, beautification must invariably be part of the development process. The look & feel of a city is intrinsic to its unique selling properties and allure. Unplanned development leads to chaotic urbanization. However, beautification must not be at the cost of people’s livelihoods.
The recent eviction of the temporary vending area at the bustling Ganga area of the state capital evoked a heated response from women vendors. Itanagar has much to do if it has to live up to its Smart City tag. The Itanagar Capital Administration’s attempt to streamline vendors is a step in the right direction, however one which needs sensitive handling given the humanitarian aspect.
Vendors around the capital complex and across Arunachal are mostly women, and in the case of local Arunachalee women, it is hundred per cent. These women work all day long to sell their agriculture/horticulture produce in order to sustain their families. For a fast-developing urban centre like Itanagar, the administration can no longer ignore the long term ramifications of working without proper town planning. It is imperative that the city’s administrators are armed with a plan and visualize how things need to shape up, in the long run, to minimize such situations and also prove cost-effective.
The unplanned mushrooming of markets, especially wet markets along the main roads, must be checked. The administration must designate specific areas for the same, enabling women to also continue their means of livelihood. Imphal’s Ima market is exclusively run by women; it is a commercial centre and a popular tourist attraction in the state of Manipur. Why can’t we emulate this?
Regulating street vendors in public areas will go a long way in the beautification of the capital complex, but it is also important to enable vendors and hawkers to earn their livelihood in a respectable manner.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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