Gurgaon: MCG is misusing street vendor resettlement policy, say residents
The MCG has to follow guidelines of the Supreme Court 2009 to relocate or resettle the street vendors who operate without authorisation in and around the populated areas and markets, leading to congestion and chaos.gurgaon Updated: Jul 31, 2017 23:19 IST
The residents of Sector 14, accompanied by members of residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) of other sectors, met deputy commissioner (DC) Vinay Pratap Singh on Monday and handed over a memorandum on the street vending policy.
About a couple of days ago, the residents had a heated argument with officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) when they forcibly attempted to resettle some street vendors with new carts in the market in Sector 14 without consulting the shop owners and RWA members of the sector.
“We will not allow the MCG to create chaos by setting up additional carts and street vendors in our market. We met the DC and explained our stand on the street vending policy of the MCG. The DC acknowledged our stand and assured to look into the issue,” said Dinesh Aggarwal, president of Sector 14 RWA.
The MCG has to follow guidelines of the Supreme Court 2009 to relocate or resettle the street vendors who operate without authorisation in and around the populated areas and markets, leading to congestion and chaos. Following the guidelines, the MCG designed carts and kiosks that a vendor can buy on instalments and came up with a street vending policy.
It is worth noting MCG’s street vending policy has met with resistance from various sectors in the past four to five months. Earlier, the residents and shop owners of sectors 56, 31, 32 and others had strongly protested against it.
Aggarwal said, “We have already moved a petition against the MCG’s street vending plan in the Punjab and Haryana high court. In our support, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has submitted an affidavit that no street vendors can be settled in the market. But the MCG is misusing the policy by conducting an independent survey and listing names of vendors beyond the permitted limit and that is why the policy has been met with strong resistance.”
The DC heard the residents and assured them that the till high court comes out with a clear directive, no new vendors will be settled in markets.
“The residents met me and explained their stand. The said a case has been filed in this regard in high court,” said the DC.
“We are not against the street vendors. We are not against the policy or guidelines of the Supreme Court. We are against the way the policy is being executed by the MCG officials and the private companies tied up with the corporation to resettle vendors of their choice and for their commercial gains,” said SS Yadav, another member of the RWA.