The Street Vendors’ Act, 2014, that was enacted to regulate street vendors in public areas and protect their livelihood is yet to be implemented in Jalandhar even as the authorities have completed a survey of street vendors in the city.
The Jalandhar municipal corporation officials had earlier said they would complete the formalities by the first week of April. As per the survey conducted by Darashaw and Company, there are around 15,000 street vendors in the city. The survey was completed last month.
According to the survey 60% of the street vendors in the city are migrants while other 40% are from the nearby areas. The policy covers both stationary and mobile vendors.
Municipal commissioner GS Khaira, who is also heading the town vending committee (TVC) in Jalandhar, said the process was on to implement the Act in the city. “There are various stages under the policy that we need to cater and the company which has been assigned the task is working on various parameters,” said Khaira.
After identifying the number of the vendors in the city, the MC will allot land to registered vendors so that they could carry out their business in a specified place without the fear of being fined for encroachment.
Under the Act, the MC will also have to make arrangement for toilets and clean drinking water to the vendors, besides ensuring that area allotted to them is easily accessible to customers. However, the MC is yet to identify the land to be allotted to the street vendors. The shifting of street vendors will help decongest the city and ease traffic bottlenecks.
MC joint commissioner Daljit Kaur, who is in-charge of the project, cannot be contacted despite repeated calls.
Know the act
The Street Vendors Act, 2014, was enacted on March 4, 2014, is ensure the protection of urban street vendors along with regulating street vending. Under the Act, a town vending committee will conduct a survey of existing street vendors in the city along with accommodating them in the separate vending zones. The registered vendors will also be given smart cards by the local authorities.