Even as resident groups are protesting against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) arbitrary marking of vending zones, a group of activists have written to the civic body to include vending zones in the Development Plan (DP) 2034.
The activists say that BMC has violated the Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act (PLRSV) passed by Parliament in 2014 which makes it mandatory for local authorities to include a street vending plan in the DP.
In a letter to municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte, the activists have demanded inclusion of the survey carried out by BMC, spatial plans for vendors and guidelines for vendor-friendly pavements. The activists are from YUVA, the Hamara Shehar Vikas Yojana, hawkers unions, and students and faculty of the Kamla Raheja College of Architecture.
Of the 3,727 streets marked for hawkers, over 1,600 are in western suburbs, 1,339 in the island city and 742 in the eastern suburbs. According to the new law, 2.5 per cent of the city’s population or 3.1 lakh can be street vendors.