The Delhi High Court pulled up the Delhi government and the municipal agencies over a delay in formulating a scheme to carry out a survey of street vendors in the city and issuing them certificates to sell their wares on the roadside. The court added that the delay had “defeated the purpose” of the Street Vendors Act.
The scheme was to have been formulated within six months of the 2014 Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act coming into force, but the delay “has defeated the purpose of the Act,” a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said.
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The observation came during a hearing on a PIL by Congress leader Ajay Maken seeking directions to the authorities not to evict street vendors till the Act was implemented and a scheme formulated for survey of the existing vendors and issuance of Certificate of Vending (COV).
The bench told the Delhi government that the way it was proceeding to formulate a scheme “was not in accordance with provisions of the Act”.
The New Delhi Municipal Council told the court it has carried out 90 per cent survey of street vendors in its area and sought permission to complete it. It also said there has to be a separate scheme for each local authority’s area and not a single scheme as contended on behalf of the petitioner.