Punjab

Street vendors shifting process utter failure in Nakodar

Dilbag Singh | December 09, 2019 12:55 PM

 

NAKODAR  The Nakodar Nagar council has miserably failed to complete implementation of The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of street vending) Act, 2014 in town.

Inquiries revealed that the process of implementation has come to stand still and meetings of town vending committee (TVC) were called to review implementation but most members did not participate.

Executive officer R.S.Warraich said that target of the rehari market at one place could not be achieved as planned adding that NC staff had failed to implement his directions for Rehari shifting as they faced stiff resistance from rehari owners and political leaders.

Nakodar nagar council had issued a public notice in January month educating residents about traffic problems.

Executive officer had said in the notice that office has received many complaints regarding traffic.

 It said that nagar council has banned the display of signboards and front covers in bazaars. It said that nobody including shopkeepers and vendors should violate norms adding that violators are being secretly video-graphed and would be challenged and their goods would be confiscated. It has urged residents and shopkeepers for cooperation.

EO said that Nc staff visited the town and pursued vendors to shift to Rehri market and all vendors shifted to Rehri market but returned within a few hours after politicians intervened.

 Nagar nagar council on May 17, 2017 had started the move to shift rehris to a new market. EO said that more than seventy rehris were shifted but almost all except one or two have returned to their occupied places on public roads. He said political interference is the main reason behind setback as the political leader does not allow NC staff to impound and challan Rehris violating norms.

 He said that the construction of Rehri market at a cost of Rs 8.5 lakhs in front of Historic Nakodar Tombs had been completed and vendors had been asked to shift their reharis as per allotment of space in rehari market but of no avail.

 The NC had formed TVC under The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and regulation of street vending) Act, 2014. NC had conducted a survey of street vendors in 2014 and had identified around 261 vendors.

Interior of the town was declared no vendor zone. It had decided that all vendors would be allotted space equal to a “rehari” (cart) and given license adding that if vendor remains absent for 15 days, his license would be cancelled. 

Illegal encroachments by vendors and unregulated business are one of the biggest challenges before the authorities. With the help of the policy, the NC was hopeful they will be able to solve the illegal encroachment issue.  The NC had formed a TVC in July 2014, which was re-casted in 2015 to implement the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors, 2009.

Meanwhile, the Nakodar Rehari Market constructed at a cost of Rs8.5 lakhs in front of Historic Nakodar Tombs had been turned into a parking place as the Nagar council has failed to shift reharis to the new market. Taxi owners and others have turned it into a parking place for their vehicles.

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