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Gurgaon: Want physical survey of space for street vendors, say shop owners

Shop owners said the survey conducted earlier was based on an outdated sector map

gurgaon Updated: Aug 08, 2017 23:27 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
MCG,Street Vendors,Gurugram
Shop owners downed shutters demanding that street hawkers be shifted to a designated space outside the markets.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

City shop owners said they want the district administration order a physical survey of spaces available for street vendors in sectors to resolve the dispute over the existing street vending policy.

Ever since the MCG started allocating spaces to street vendors in and around Huda markets and even provide them with new carts, shop owners and residents across Huda sectors have been up in arms, demanding that the policy be revisited and the vendors be rehabilitated in areas away from the markets. Shop owners even downed shutters on the day in protest of the hawker policy and residents, too, voiced support to the cause.

Shop owners claimed the survey of street vendors in 2014 was only on paper.

“That is the root of the conflict now. MCG officials and agency which was roped in to conduct the survey of street vendors simply earmarked vacant spaces on the sector map that is as old as the sector itself. We even questioned (MCG ) officials in front of deputy commissioner (DC) Vinay Pratap on how they could designate spaces to vendors on the basis of a sector map that does reflect the reality of today. We requested the DC for physical survey, as it is essential to know ground reality and resolve the issue once and for all,” Dinesh Aggarwal, president, RWA, Sector 14, said.

Residents said most of the spaces that are earmarked for street vendors are shown as parts of parks, schools and religious sites on the sector’s layout plan.

“We have also requested MCG Commissioner V Umashankar to order a physical survey of spaces for street vendors. But the administration is not cooperating with us and we have been forced to move a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking a revision of the hawker policy,” Aggarwal said.

Residents said a physical survey of hawkers’ spaces would end the dispute.

The MCG said it has been abiding by the policy laid down by the Supreme Court to resettle and regularise street vendors who operate in an unauthorised manner.

Read I Gurgaon: Huda markets closed as shop owners protest MCG’s street vending policy

Col (Retired) Raghuvir Singh, president, Market Welfare Association, Sector 56, said, “We have also moved the high court against the MCG. We held meetings with local administration, including the MCG commissioner, on the issue but failed to convince them. The administration, in fact, doubted our motive behind waging this struggle. Now, acting on our petition, the court has sought a reply from the MCG in this regard. The policy and the survey (of hawkers’ spaces) have been called into question. There are enough spaces available away from the markets and the hawkers should be relocated there.”

“We will file our reply in court in September,” said MCG commissioner V Umashankar.

First Published: Aug 08, 2017 23:26 IST