Unauthorised florists occupy Khamarbari footpath
Some 20 unauthorised flower vendors with “high-level” blessings have set up makeshift shops occupying the footpath to the north of Anwar Park along Khamarbari road in the capital's Farmgate.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police evicted scores of them from the sidewalk just on the other side of the road along Khamarbari office complex around three months back to free the footpath and ease public movement.
This section of footpath stretching between Farmgate police box and Manik Mia Avenue remains highly busy with the heavy rush of pedestrians almost round the clock and such illegal occupancy narrowing the passage causes severe hindrance to movement of pedestrians, said a Lalmatia resident, who often uses this footpath.
Most of the vendors being evicted from the Khamarbari road found an alternative free space around Agargaon intersection in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, said a high police official requesting anonymity.
But some of them with high-level backing pressed their way and encroached upon the busy pavement again caring little about public suffering, he said.