Two years on, the municipal corporation Bathinda (MCB) is yet to come up with a street vending plan to streamline the operations of street vendors under its jurisdiction.
Under the Street Vendors Act of 2014, it is mandatory for the civic body to come up with the plan. The corporation had hired a company to conduct a detailed survey of vendors six months ago, but it is still in process.
Presently, with no policy on ground, the district administration has no concrete data regarding the total number of street vendors. The result is that it has failed to regularise the vendors. Moreover, the vendors have created a nuisance by encroaching the key spots in the city.
The street vending plan will help to get rid of these encroachments, thus helping in easing out the congestion on roads.
The plan envisages a geographic information system (GIS) mapping and biometric identity of street vendors so as to formulate a fee and licence structure for regulating street vending, besides finalising the terms and conditions for hawking and corrective action against the defaulters.
Bathinda mayor Balwant Rai Nath said that the corporation is still in the process of conducting a survey to identify the street vendors across the MC’s jurisdiction.
“Once the survey is completed, the civic body will first go with a blue print of the plan so that the rights of the vendors are not ignored,” he said.
He added that the civic body will also propose a required procedure to displace, relocate and rehabilitate the vendors.
Under the Street Vendors Act of 2014.
The civic body has to ensure the protection of urban street vendors along with regulating street vending.
A town vending committee will be constituted, which will collect details of existing street vendors in the city. The registered vendors will be given smart cards.
The MC will have to make arrangement for toilets and clean drinking water for vendors, besides ensuring that the area allotted to them is easily accessible to customers.
The corporation will provide the required place to the vendors to carry out their businesses and it will be ensured that the vendors will be shifted to the allotted place.
The smart chip cards, containing biometric data and government-approved licences and certificates, containing all the details, will be issued to the vendors.