Street vendors get Christmas reprieve in Chaguanas

Street ven­dors will be al­lowed to ply their trade in the bor­ough of Ch­agua­nas from Mon­day.

How­ev­er, ven­dors will be re­strict­ed to Marc Street and will be mon­i­tored by the po­lice.

No vend­ing would be al­lowed on the Ch­agua­nas Main Road, po­lice said.

Ch­agua­nas May­or Gopaul Bood­han and ASP Richard Smith toured the Ch­agua­nas Main Road and Marc Street over the week­end to as­sess the area which will be used to ac­com­mo­date street ven­dors and shop­pers for the last week of shop­ping.

Smith said in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate this plan the traf­fic flow would be al­tered tem­porar­i­ly.

He said traf­fic head­ing East along Eleanor Street, the road at the back of the Ch­agua­nas Mar­ket, will be al­lowed to turn North on­to the Old South­ern Main Road and on­to the Ch­agua­nas Main Road in a bid to al­le­vi­ate traf­fic.

No ve­hi­cles will be al­lowed to trav­el along Marc Street.

Smith said to de­ter purse snatch­ers and oth­er crim­i­nals from tar­get­ing shop­pers there will be po­lice of­fi­cers, in uni­form and civil­ian wear, on du­ty in the main shop­ping ar­eas. Bood­han said safe­ty re­mains as the num­ber one pri­or­i­ty.

He added that ven­dors can al­so use the Ven­dor’s Mall and var­i­ous flea mar­kets to ped­dle their goods.

“We un­der­stand the plight of the peo­ple who have lost their jobs and we are will­ing to as­sist these peo­ple but we don’t want them to break the law and we are guid­ed by what­ev­er de­ci­sion the po­lice is will­ing to take to en­sure the safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty of burgess­es and shop­pers,” he added.

Reporter: Shastri Boodan

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