Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-01-14 19:34 Bengaluru: The whole idea behind BBMP spending more than Rs 100 crores on upgrading the major roads of Central Business District under the controversial Tender SURE scheme was to provide wide footpaths for pedestrians.And even before the formal inauguration of the roads, street vendors have been encroaching it and setting up their shops on footpath!On Thursday, when this reporter called the BBMP commissioner Kumar Naik seeking his reaction on encroachment of footpaths by a tender coconut seller and push cart eatery, his reaction was quite telling.“How can anyone encroach on Tender SURE roads? Definitely we will not allow this. We will remove it. We cannot compromise on this issue as the scheme is implemented with specific purpose.” Naik said.It all started on Monday with a tender coconut vendor encroaching on the road developed under Tender SURE scheme right opposite to Ashok Nagar police station near Mayo hall. It was the poor pedestrians who started to feel the heat. But they did not raise their voice.When authorities did not initiate action, other vendors too got emboldened and set up their businesses on the footpath.According to pedestrians, it is absurd to allow these things to happen. Mahesh Sharma, a regular visitor to Garuda Mall wanted to know why BBMP why it invested so much money on the project if it was going to allow encroachment of the footpaths.The BBMP needs to answer.