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Noida begins framing guidelines for roadside vendors

Traffic movement is affected in many areas in the city due to unauthorised roadside vendors encroaching on road space

noida Updated: May 16, 2017 23:23 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Unauthorised vendors cause pedestrian and traffic congestion at Atta Market in Noida’s Sector 18.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

The Noida authority has started framing guidelines for vending and non-vending zones to regulate the estimated 1,000 vendors operating on city roads. The authority on Monday asked its legal department to draft the guidelines.

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 held in various parts of the city in the evening also cause a lot of traffic congestion.

The proposed vending policy is expected to provide relief to commuters from congestion and formulate proper vending regulations in the city.

The state government has so far failed to approve the street vendor policy for Noida and six other industrial towns.

“The UP government has now directed us to form guidelines on vending and non-vending zones. We are likely to send them to the state government for approval. Once approved, the policy will be implemented in seven industrial towns, including Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway,” said Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer, Noida authority.

Once the guidelines are approved, the authority will issue licences to vendors in vending zones and remove all unauthorised vendors, said officials.

“Once the policy is approved, it will be clear how much penalty the authority can impose on an unauthorised vendor. The guidelines will also ascertain who will act against the guilty. The guidelines to regulate vendors are already in place in municipal bodies such as Ghaziabad. The UP government now wants the guidelines to be approved for seven industrial towns. Noida’s guidelines will be implemented in six other industrial towns,” said Srivastava.

The Noida authority had on August 12, 2014, approved the Uttar Pradesh Industrial (hawkers) Traffic Regulation Guidelines, 2014 in its 183rd board meeting. It had sent the same to the state government for further approval, but the authority is still awaiting notification of the guidelines from Lucknow.

“We are now forming fresh guidelines. The state government will notify them at the earliest,” said Srivastava.

First Published: May 16, 2017 23:23 IST