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Patiala MC begins process to rehabilitate street vendors

The municipal corporation (MC) finally woke up from its slumber to implement the Street Vendors’ Act, 2014, to rehabilitate the city’s vendors.

punjab Updated: Nov 05, 2016 20:35 IST
HT Correspondent
Patiala MC
Illegal street vendors at the Lahori Gate market near the bus stand in Patiala.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

The municipal corporation (MC) finally woke up from its slumber to implement the Street Vendors’ Act, 2014, to rehabilitate the city’s vendors.

The MC floated a tender last month to hire an agency to first conduct a survey to identify the city’s street vendors and then create vending zones based on the MC’s vending bylaws that have been framed based on the central Act. All the vendors will also be properly licensed following the survey.

The MC rules have linked the vending zones considering the width of the road, intensity of footfall and vehicular-cumpedestrian movement in the city.

Under the proposed arrangement, no vending will be allowed around 100 metre of secretariat building, district courts, offices of district panchyat, MC, cantonment board and state archeological monuments.

Carrying capacity of the area will be an ultimate limit on the number of street vendors, which can be positioned in any area. However, there shall be no restriction on mobile vending in the city if the vendors continuously move without affecting traffic and commuters’ movement.

As far as the road width is concerned, no stationary vendor will be allowed on a road having width from 6 metre to 9 metre. However, street vending will be allowed if a road is declared as one-way vehicular road.

The MC rules have allowed stationary vending zones on the road having width between 24 metre and 30 metre.

The rules further add that the vending zones will be allowed after taking clearance from the traffic police.

Responsibility of the street vendors is also specified in the rules, such as they can only set up vends on the allotted place, besides complying with sanitary requirement of local authorities.

The MC officials are of the view that their effort is aimed at removing the encroachment over footpaths by rehabilitating the existing vendors.

The financial bids of the interested parties will be opened on November 9 to select an agency for the implementation of the project

ENCROACHMENT A MAJOR PROBLEM

The footpath from the bus stand to the Mall Road has been encroached upon mostly by street vendors. There have been fruit sellers on the main Leela Bhavan Chowk for several years, but they were never touched even once.

In Chotti Baradari, institutions have blocked footpaths by installing heavy gen-set. A recent MC notice did not yield any result as it was not followed by stern action.Similarly, footpaths on the Bhupinder Road, the city’s major shopping complex area, too have been encroached.

Tripari, which is one of city’s highly populated areas, is another example of heavy encroachment, causing enormous difficulty for the passerby.

The MC tried its best to clear footpaths but it was met with resistance by street vendor unions that demanded their rehabilitation before removing them from the existing place.