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Cabinet approves policy for vending zones in Noida

In May 2016, the Noida authority had made some amendments as per the instructions of the government and sent the same to the government again.

noida Updated: Jan 30, 2018 23:05 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Vendors hope that once the guidelines are implemented, they will not face harassment. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

A day after the Uttar Pradesh cabinet approved the guidelines for vending zones in the city, the Noida authority on Tuesday said it will soon start a drive against all unauthorised squatters hampering the flow of traffic on roads.

Squatters are a major cause of congestion on most roads of the city.

“On Monday, the state cabinet approved the UP industrial (hawkers) traffic regulation guidelines. Now, the file related with the guidelines will go to the UP governor for necessary process so that it becomes an act and gets implemented on the ground. We hope that the guidelines for vending zones will become an act next month. We hope to get a copy of the same in February for its implementation,” said a Noida authority official.

Aiming to regulate traffic by reducing congestion caused due to unauthorised operation of squatters on roadsides, the Noida authority had on August 12, 2014 approved an Uttar Pradesh industrial (hawkers) traffic regulation guidelines in its 183rd board meeting and sent the same to UP government for approval in Lucknow.

In May 2016, the authority had made some amendments as per the instructions of the government and sent the same to the government again.

The guidelines will have details as to how and in which area a vendor can obtain a license for business, penalty in non-vending zone, terms under which vendors will operate and fees for a licence, among others.

“Finally, the UP government has approved the guidelines for vending zones and non-vending zones,” the official said.

As per street vending Act-2014, local authorities were supposed to identify zones for vendors so that they do not occupy space on roads and thereby lead to
congestion.

The guidelines are expected to provide relief to commuters from congestion and formulate proper vending regulations.

Traffic crawls on many stretches across the city due to encroachments by vendors, particularly on the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) Road, the road dividing sectors 12 and 22 and the Sector 34, Sector 27 and Sector 24 roads.

The weekly vegetable markets in various parts of the city in the evening hours are a cause of major congestion.

The authority’s additional chief executive officer, Rakesh Kumar Mishra said the authority will implement the guidelines once they get the final orders. “We have started to brief our staff to act against squatters, who pose hindrances in the smooth flow of traffic. We are yet to identify the areas, where squatters cause jams across the city. Once we identify the important points, we will start a drive against the squatters,” Mishra said.

Vendors hope that once the guidelines are implemented, they will not face harassment from police and the Noida authority officials.

“We do not have dignity while doing business by putting our stalls along roadsides for livelihood, as police and the authority staff remove our stalls any time at their will. But once there will be guidelines approved by the government, we will get a licence and do our business without any harassment,” said DN Tiwari, a leader of vendors who operates in sectors 55, 56 and 22.

Traffic crawls on many stretches across the city due to encroachments by vendors and hawkers, particularly on the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) Road, the road dividing sectors 12 and 22 and the Sector 34, Sector 27 and Sector 24 roads. The weekly vegetable markets in various parts of the city in the evening hours also cause a lot of traffic congestion.

The Noida authority additional chief executive officer Rakesh Kumar Mishra said the authority will implement it once they get the final orders on the same.

“We have already started briefing our staff to act against squatters, who pose hindrances in the smooth flow of traffic by occupying public space on footpath and roadsides. We are yet to identify the areas, where squatters cause traffic jam across the city. Once we identify the important points, we will start a drive against the squatters,” Mishra said.

Vendors hope that once the guidelines are implemented, they will not face harassment from police and the Noida authority officials.

“As of now, we do not have any dignity while doing business by putting our stalls along roadsides for livelihood. The police and the Noida authority staff remove our stalls any time at their will. But once there will be guidelines approved by the government, we will get a license and do our business without any harassment,” said DN Tiwari, a leader of vendors who operates in sector 55, 56 and 22.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 23:05 IST