About 1,900 street vendors will very soon be able to sell their goods legally in the NDMC area. This comes in the backdrop of the NDMC drawing up a tentative list of vendors who it will allow to ply their trade in its area. However, along with the list comes a rider.
For these vendors, areas such as the Connaught Place, Diplomatic Enclave, High Court or the Supreme Court will remain off limits as they will not be allowed to peddle their goods in the vicinity of these complexes.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will come out with the final list of vendors by the end of the month as it is yet to scrutinise the documents of some of the applicants who fall under special categories which include widows, physically handicap persons, senior citizens and Kashmiri migrants.
All the vendors, such as booksellers, paan wallahs, those selling clothes or handicraft articles, will not be allowed in Connaught Place, Diplomatic Enclave in Chankyapuri, near High Court and Supreme Court due to security concerns."While scrutinising the applications not only did we verify the addresses and their antecedents, we have also ensured that only Delhiites have been selected. We received applications from 4,300 persons but only 500 will be given a licence. Also, 10% of the 500 has been reserved for the special category," said a senior NDMC official. Apart from these 500, 1,400 vendors are already verified. Once the list is finalised, these 1,900 vendors will be given a unique identification card.
According to the civic agency once the verification and scrutinising process is complete, out of the 4,300 applicants only 3,000 will qualify for the lottery.
The fate of all these applicants will be decided by a lottery which will be conducted by the end of the month.
Vendors are people who sell their wares in the open without a closed stall and are known as tehbazari holders.
The civic agency has removed some sites from the list where vendors will be allowed citing security and traffic concerns.
"We have excluded certain areas due to security reasons. Also, at many of these places, due to the presence of these vendors traffic jams have also been reported," added the official.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had also received close to one lakh applications from the vendors across the city and it is also finalising a list.