In a relief to nearly 15,000 street vendors in the city, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has approved the rules of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
Confirming the notification received from the ministry, MC Commissioner Bhavna Garg Tuesday said the Act would be implemented in six months’ time after constituting a Town Vending Committee, forming by-laws and involving the city-based NGOs.
For the implementation of the Act, MC would have to identify the vending zones, prepare a street vending plan, and carry out a survey on street vendors, said Garg.
She added, “The Town Vending Committee is required to have representation of officials, non-officials and street vendors, including women vendors, with due representation from the SC, ST, OBC and the differently abled.”
“We should promote street vending on the cycle tracks as well. It will ensure women security. Till the Act is not implemented, our enforcement against street vending in the markets will continue till 7 pm,” added Garg.
She further said, “We will ensure that vendors do not have to commute much.”
As per the notification from the ministry, the MC will also have to constitute dispute resolution committees, which will have five official members and seven non-official members each on board.
Meanwhile, Pardeep Chhabra, president, Chandigarh Congress, while welcoming the approval of the rules of the Act, gave credit to the UPA government for its implementation.
Chhbara said the civic body should now ensure early implementation of the Act and form the various committees as demanded by the Act.
He added that the street vendors would now be able to work without any harassment.