Gurgaon: Huda markets closed as shop owners protest MCG’s street vending policy
Residents of Sector 31 had a trying time as even shops selling vegetables and other essential items remained closed on the day.gurgaon Updated: Aug 08, 2017 20:55 IST
Shop owners in markets across Huda sectors kept their shops closed on Tuesday in protest against the street vending policy of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG).
Buoyed by the support from residents, the shop owners demanded removal of carts recently provided by the MCG to vendors at the Huda markets.
However, the MCG seemed unmoved by the residents’ protest and only hardened its position in the matter.
MCG said it has only been following the guidelines laid by the Supreme Court in 2014 in a bid to rehabilitate and regularise street vendors who operate in an unauthorised manner in and around the populated areas, markets and roads, often causing commuter chaos. Following guidelines, the MCG even gave vendors the option of procuring carts on instalments.
Shop owners in sectors 4, 7, 14, 31 and 56 downed shutters in protest on Tuesday. Residents of Sector 31 had a trying time as even shops selling vegetables and other essential items remained closed on the day.
Shakuntla, an elderly, said, “Even the Mother Dairy store was closed in protest of the MCG’s policy on street vendors. We had to struggle to fetch milk, bread, butter, vegetables and other essential items. We did not see this protest coming. If we had an inkling about it, we could have stocked up on these essential items. We only got to know about it after we reached the markets.”
Shops in sectors 7 and 56 were closed as well.
Shashikant Sharma, president, Sector 7 Market Welfare Association, said, “Our decision to keep shops shut today was meant to send out a clear message to the administration that we are not happy with the existing policy on street vendors. We want the administration to allocate a designated space away from the markets to vendors.”
MCG commissioner V Umashankar said, “MCG is only implementing the policy as per the Supreme Court guidelines. The matter is in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and we will file our reply. I can’t make any further comments in the matter.”