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CHANDIGARH-UT traders, vendors dig in heels over site allotment

December 20, 2018 07:01 AM


UT traders, vendors dig in heels over site allotment
Neither Side Is Willing To Budge In The Fight For Livelihood And Profit


Ahead of the resettlement of street vendors, traders and vendors of the city have locked horns over their demands. They want these demands to be met before the implementation of the Street Vending (Protection of livelihood and regulation of street vending) Act, 2018.

As per MC estimates, the exercise entails expenditure of around Rs 10 to 12 crore for the resettlement of 9,500 vendors. However, both traders and vendors have dug their heels in to press their demands, putting the civic body in a tight spot.

“Since monthly fee is divided among different vendors as per their trade, we will get roughly Rs 10 to Rs 12 crore rupees annually. We will also take steps to provide them with other facilities, if required”, an official said.

On Wednesday, traders in Sector 22 closed their shops in protest. However, vendors say they will come out on the roads to protest if sites are not given in markets so that they can earn a sustainable livelihood. With residents also protesting against vending sites, authorities have to deal with all stakeholders in the resettlement process.

The civic body, which is going to start the process of resettlement of vendors from January through draw of lots, has prepared a sector and colony-wise list of vendors who will be rehabilitated. “Vendors who have been paying fees regularly till November will be considered in the first phase of resettlement. The meeting of Town Vending Committee (TVC) is scheduled to be held on December

26. A few decisions will be taken here, after which the entire process will be started on the ground,” said municipal commissioner K K Yadav.

Sensing the gravity of the situation, the intelligence wing of the UT police has taken stock of sensitive areas along with a list of vendors, especially those who can create trouble during the process of resettlement. MC sources said they are in constant touch with Chandigarh Police on all related aspects.

“All the issues and apprehensions related to resettlement of vendors have been thoroughly discussed with senior offices of the Chandigarh administration and at the level of Punjab governor and UT administrator. All the departments concerned and security forces are ready to play a role in this exercise”, said a senior official

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