The municipal corporation has identified nine locations to rehabilitate the city’s street vendors. The MC is under the legal obligation to accommodate street vendors under the provisions of the Street Vendors’ Act, 2014, the implementation of which is pending for the last two years.
There was some movement December last when the MC’s survey estimated nearly 3,200 street vendors in the city who were to be accommodated at nine locations
A senior official said that the building branch is preparing the drawing of nine locations in the areas, including Passi road, bus stand periphery, Badungar, Sirhind road, Rajpura Road where vendors will soon be accommodated.
The drawings will soon be put before the MC’s vendors committee for approval after which they will be issued identity cards and vending certificates with proper place of their accommodation.
Once the act is implemented, no vending will be allowed around 100 meters of the secretariat building, district courts, offices of district panchayat, the MC, cantonment board and state archaeological monuments.
The carrying capacity of the area will be an ultimate limit on the number of street vendors, which can be positioned in any area under vending zones. However, there shall be no restriction on mobile vending in the city if the vendors continuously move without affecting traffic and commuters’ movement, said the MC’s bylaws.
The 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 the sanitary requirement of local authorities.
Experts said that the encroachment on roads and footpaths is the major reason for accidents both for walkers, cyclists, and two-wheelers.
“This can come down if street vendors are rehabilitated in specific zones, which is what this act aims at,” said a member of street vending committee Davinder Pal Singh.
Two years on, the implementation of the Act has been moving at a snail’s pace. But officials now assure that the rehabilitation would begin soon in order to resolve the problem of encroachments on city’s footpaths and roads.