Weeks after the Delhi High Court asked civic bodies to ensure that street vendors are not harassed, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to constitute a Town Vending Committee (TVC) for carrying out a survey of street vendors in its jurisdiction and work on a framework for their relocation.
Expected to be complete by April 27, the survey will note details of street vendors and the areas from where they operate currently.
“Recently, the Delhi High Court had asked all civic bodies to implement the National Street Vending Policy. Following this, the council has constituted a TVC for the purpose,” a senior NDMC official said.
According to NDMC officials, the TVC will have 30 members of which 12 will be street vendor representatives who have been nominated.
“The list of licensed street vendors is being revised and verified. We will conduct elections for the 12 members. The TVC will decide norms for relocation of street vendors — where they should set up shops and what kind of trade will be permitted in a certain area,” the NDMC official said.
In an advertisement announcing the constitution of TVC and a survey of street vendors to be carried out, the enforcement department of the NDMC said a voters’ list of street vendors in its jurisdiction was being drawn up.
“In this voters’ list, around 961 registered street vendors will be included.
The enforcement department is carrying out a physical verification process which will be completed by April 27,” the advertisement said.
The advertisement further asked street vendors to be present at places where they set up shop along with relevant documents to be included in the survey.