For nine months, more than 100 employees of the enforcement wing of the Chandigarh municipal corporation have been sitting idle after the MC commissioner had issued an order that vendors will not be challaned till the survey on them was completed.
The survey, however, was completed in September last year. Very few challans have been issued even since September. Even the street vendors act has not been implemented yet. Vendors continue to throng Sectors 15, 17, 18, 19 and 22 among others. Parking areas and vacant spaces in these markets are full of encroachments where vendors sell a variety of products, leaving little space for people to walk.
The enforcement wing is supposed to remove such violations. Not even a single effective anti-encroachment drive have been conducted all these months. Last month, only two drives were conducted in Sector 19 that too on the orders of the SDM.
REVENUE FROM ENFORCEMENT DIPS TO Rs 2 LAKH
Over the past nine months, revenue from enforcement has gone down by nearly 90%. Earlier, the monthly revenue was Rs 20 lakh, which now is nearly Rs 2 lakh. The salaries and maintenance of vehicles of the enforcement wing cost the MC nearly Rs 50 lakh every month. There are 60 regular employees and other 50 workers who work through contractor for the MC.
Even the sub-inspectors, who are deployed in various markets, are not performing their duty maintaining they cannot challan vendors due to the commissioner’s orders. Earlier, there were three zones headed by three in-charges, but in the past one year, there is no zone and the entire work has been entrusted to one person.
21,622 STREET VENDORS TO GET LICENCES
As per the survey conducted in September last year by the ‘Haryana Nav Yuvak Kala Sangam’, 21, 622 street vendors were found in the city.
The project to survey and register street vendors was started in July under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
The authorities are yet to decide on vending zones. It was also decided to start the pilot project from ward no.17 (Sector 18, 19 and 21), but MC has failed to initiate this.
The law aims to register and rehabilitate street vendors so that they are not exploited. It also calls for proper rationing of urban streets and spaces.