A meeting with UT Adviser Parimal Rai was held on the street vendors’ issue here on Tuesday. Municipal Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha and Joint Commissioner Virender Chaudhary had gone to brief the adviser on the status of the vending zones. The areas where the vending zones are to be identified have been discussed and the final approval would be given by the UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore, sources said. As the BJP is pressing to give licences to few street vendors in the first phase before the code of conduct comes into force on November 15, work on the street vendors issue has been expedited.
Officials said that certain areas in sectors 18, 19 and 21 were identified but not finalised yet.
In the meeting it was decided to take views of all stakeholders.
The process to identify street vendors for licences got completed in September and 22,214 vendors in Chandigarh were identified. The MC has been identifying vending zones, that is, designated places where they can carry out their trade. The street vendors were identified after a survey, under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, was carried out by the Haryana Nav Yuvak Kala Sangam. During a House meeting, Congress councillor Subhash Chawla had pointed out anomalies in the survey.