Street vending zones forgotten
Mohali: A solution to solve traffic congestion on city roads street vending zones seems to be forgotten in Mohali.
Implementation of the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, has been hanging fire since 2015, when MC had first ordered a survey to identify street vendors in the city.
Several vending zones were purposed by the Municipal Corporation but GMADA failed to approve those, earmarked sites until now and they remained only on paper.
It is pertinent to mention here that MC issued identity cards to 200 of the 993 vendors, but they were never given designated spaces to carry out their trade.
The Act is aimed at registering and rehabilitating street vendors, and also safeguarding them against exploitation at the hands of enforcement officers. It also calls for proper rationing of urban streets and spaces.
Residents added, to grab the attention of commuters to sell their merchandise, vendors look for a vantage point on the road. Soon their competitors join in and together they often transform the space into a traffic bottleneck.
As per the survey conducted in 2017, there were 993 moving and stationary vendors, a number that has since multiplied manifold. But Who Cares???