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Street Vendors’ Act: MC helpless as UT architecture dept raises red flag

punjab Updated: May 12, 2017 10:58 IST
Hillary Victor 
Hillary Victor 
Hindustan Times
no-vending zones,Chandigarh,Chandigarh MC

The MC had completed the survey of counting the vendors nine months ago.(HT File Photo )

The UT’s architecture department has put a spanner in the plans of the municipal corporation to implement the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014.

It has refused to allow vendors in Sectors 17, 19 and 22 and has asked the MC to declare these sectors as no-vending zones, as these are congested areas. MC officers say they have no idea where to relocate these 3,500 street vendors.

The act aims at registering and rehabilitating street vendors and also saving them from exploitation at the hands of enforcement officers. It also calls for proper rationing of urban streets and spaces. The MC had completed the survey of counting the vendors nine months ago.

“We’ve got a letter from the architect department asking us to declare Sectors 17, 19 and 22 as no-vending zones,” MC additional commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta told HT. “Where will we relocate them?”

He said the MC now plans to raise the matter in the meeting of the town vending committee.

A senior officer of the UT architect department said: “We cannot allow them in Sector 17, 19 and 22, but have given the go ahead for Sectors 1 to 11, Sector 35 and some other sectors. The three sectors are already very congested.”

This has further delayed the implementation of the Street Vendors’ Act by at least three months. This also means encroachments will continue in city markets as vendors occupy and operate from public spaces in different sectors.

Already in its previous House meeting, the MC had decided not to issue temporary licenses to the vendors, fearing legal issues.

First Published: May 12, 2017 10:54 IST