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Street Vendors Act: Work standstill as firm yet to conduct traffic survey

The work of implementing the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 in the city has been halted as the firm assigned for conducting the functions under the Act is yet to carry out the traffic survey.

punjab Updated: Sep 08, 2016 16:43 IST
Harvinder Kaur
Street Vendors Act
Even the smart cards to be given to the registered vendors in the city have not been made.(HT Photo)

The work of implementing the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 in the city has been halted as the firm assigned for conducting the functions under the Act is yet to carry out the traffic survey.

The officials of municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) had claimed that the Street Vendors Act will be implemented in the city by the end of February, but the work has been going on in a snail’s pace and by the looks of it, it is unlikely that the project would be completed even by the end of the year.

The Darashaw and Company Private Limited, assigned for implementing the Act had completed the survey of the number of vendors in Jalandhar in the first week of May. However, since then, there has been no headway on the work.

Even the smart cards to be given to the registered vendors in the city have not been made.

Interestingly, the MCJ had aimed to be first in the state to implement the Act.

Kulvinder Singh, superintendent, building and roads department said that the outsourced company had not carried out the ground work properly due to which, it was asked to carry out the traffic survey. “We have also asked them to give us the final report of at least ten places in the city that can be turned into vending zones,” he said.

The company was asked to carry the traffic survey first so as to gauge the extent of traffic in the area and whether the area will be suitable for the vendors.

What the company had to do

After completing the survey, the company was supposed to identify the areas that could be turned to vending zones.

Under the street vendors plan, the registered vendors will be rehabilitated in these identified zones and will be provided with basic amenities.

MCJ officials said that though the company had last month given a demonstration to the municipal corporation officials as to where the vendors can be relocated, it was pointed out to the company’s representatives that they had not carried out the traffic survey of the areas that they had finalised for rehabilitation.

The company was asked to carry the traffic survey first to gauge the extent of traffic in the area and whether the area will be suitable for the vendors.

Officials said the company will hopefully start the survey after the annual ‘Sodal Mela’ in the city.

Meanwhile, municipal commissioner GS Khaira could not be reached for comments.