With Chandigarh municipal corporation (CMC) failing to implement the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 in Sectors 17, 19, 22 ,and 35 from April 1, the process of issuing temporary licences to the vendors has been delayed by another month which was already delayed by seven months.
The MC had decided that from April 1 the Act will be implemented in four sectors and Sector-17 plaza has been declared as non vending zone and only mobile vendors will be allowed in the area, while others will be selling their goods from the corridors in front of government officers or from the space that has been lying vacant.
Uma Shankar Gupta, additional commissioner of MC, said, “We could not do it due to some reasons but are hopeful that it will be done by April 15. Temporary licences will be given to the vendors in the second week of April. There will be no vendors sitting at Sector-17 plaza as it is no vendors zone,” he said.
The survey began in July last year under Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 with the aim to register and rehabilitate street vendors so that they are not exploited. It also calls for proper rationing of urban streets and spaces.
- Sectors Vendors
- 17 1,000
- 22 1,800
- 35 250
- 19 650
Rs 2,000 PER MONTH VENDING FEE
The vendors will have to pay Rs 2,000 per month as vending fee for non-essential service providers, whereas essential service providers like tea stall, barber, cycle repair shops have to pay Rs 1,500 per month as vending fee.
OVER 21,000 VENDORS IN CITY
The agency Haryana Nav Yuvak Kala Sangam, which conducted the survey, had identified 21,621 vendors during the survey under the Street Vendors Act, 2014. The town vending committee (TVC) of the municipal corporation has accepted the survey. The MC had proposed two categories of vendors — service providers and non-service providers. The fee of vendors were also proposed to vary area-wise (MC divided areas into three categories - A, B and C) and the type of service they provided.
CHAOS RULES SECTORS 17, 19 AND 22
With MC failing to implement the Act even after the survey was completed in September last year, there is utter chaos of vendors in Sectors 17, 19 and 22.
During the visit to Sector 17, the Sector-17 plaza was thronged by nearly 200 vendors, despite being proposed a non vending zone. Similarly in Sectors 19 and 22, corridors in markets are lined up with encroachers selling a variety of products leaving little space for people to walk.
In May last year, MC commissioner B Purusharta in his orders said that vendors will not be challaned until the survey is completed, which was completed in September last year, but in the past five months, not even a single challan has been issued.