As the municipal corporation (MC) has been delaying setting up of vending zones for the street vendors, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members carried out a march from the civil hospital to DC office to mark their protest against the civic body and the state government on Monday. They submitted a memorandum to the district administration for setting up the vending zones in all the areas of the city.
The AAP members and street vendors alleged that the MC authorities are not taking the matter of the vending zones seriously. They alleged that the MC is violating the Supreme Court’s order of shifting them to an appropriate place. The protesters alleged that the street vendors are being allegedly exploited as they are being forced to pay bribe for running their business.
Ahbaab Grewal, general secretary of AAP kisan and labour wing, claimed that the MC authorities had assured the street vendors to provide them space at vending zones but it failed to fulfill its promise. He further said the street vendors are forcibly displaced from various areas where they had been running their business since long. He alleged that the tehbazari wing officials exploit the street vendors who are forced to pay bribe for stationing their carts or pharis to run business.
“As the state government is not providing alternate space to the street vendors to run their business, we marked our protest. If the vending zones were not set up, we will intensify protests,” he said.
A street vendor Rakesh Kumar said, “The MC should set up the vending zones in all the areas as it would help to manage the traffic system in those areas where the rehri-pharis are stationed on roads or roadsides.”
He further said, “Our rehris are lifted by the MC without making alternate arrangements for us. I also appeal to the government to set up vending zones at the earliest.”