The municipal corporation of Jalandhar has started the survey of street vendors in an attempt to relocate them at specific locations earmarked for them in the city.
The survey is being carried out by a private consultancy.
The step taken by the MCJ might end the year long conflict between the street traders and the local authorities in the city. The step has been taken to provide livelihood to the street vendors in the city under The Street Vendors Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending act 2014, of the ministry of urban development.
The tender for providing consultancy service to the MCJ was invited on March 7, 2014 but the awarding of contract got delayed for one reason or the other. The MCJ has finally selected a private consultancy which has started surveying the city for setting up a proper street vending rehabilitation program.
Mayor Sunil Jyoti said, "The model will recognize the contribution of the street vendors at public places, and will entail dedicated and legally sanctioned vending zones to them at various markets within the city. The policy aims at providing licenses to street vendors and save them the harassment being faced in hand of the authorities."
Roughly there are more than 3,000 street vendors in the city and once the survey is completed the consultancy firm will prepare a detailed implementation (DIP) for specific infrastructure improvements projects within the city. A town vending committee, which has been formed by the MCJ, will look into the work of rehabilitation of the street vendors.
"The aim of the policy is to protect the livelihood of the street vendors and at the same time regulate the street vendors in the city. It will also help the health department to keep a tab on the quality of food being served by the street vendors curbing the sale of spurious edibles and will also help to alleviate traffic jams on many stretches within the city," added Jyoti.
Street vendors will have to register themselves with the town vending committee, which has been put in place by the MCJ.
It has also been mentioned that weekly markets will be identified for the street vendors and at the same time if number of street vendors is higher than what can be rehabilitated under the restricted framework of the city then draws will be sort through lottery system to allot them a specific place for vending.