Buying a chunky piece of junk jewellery, handmade pouches or relishing the piping hot momos or bhelpuris from the streets of Sector 17 Plaza is the favourite thing for almost everyone in Chandigarh while they are on a shopping spree or trolling on a lazy evening. But soon this won’t be the scene at Chandigarh’s favourite Sector 17 (Satara as called by the Chandigarhians) as UT Administration along with the Municipal Corporation will now declare it as no-vending zones along with other sectors in the city beautiful.
Sector 19 and 22 are another famous shopping markets of Chandigarh that will witness the same fate of no-vending zones very soon. These sectors are famous amongst youngsters for their ‘Rehri (flea) Markets’ and street shoppings. Soon, the petty hawkers selling tea, momos, bhelpuris, kulchas, golgappas, cotton candies, junk jewellery, toys, books and souvenirs will be bygone from the charm of Chandigarh’s prime market areas.
Other sectors of Chandigarh that will be no- vending zones
In a statement given by the Chief Architect, Kapil Setia, he mentioned that other than Sector 17, 19 and 22, sector 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will also turn into no-vending zones. The prohibition in these sectors will highly affect those vending out knick- knacks at the famous tourist destinations Sukhna Lake or at the Rock Garden. Not only these, the authorities have shortlisted 58 such places in Chandigarh including sector 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23, 36, 54 and 46 that will be converted into a no- vending zones.
Vending fee to be charged in Sector- 17, 19 and 22 of Chandigarh
The drive of making Chandigarh sectors a no- vending zone will have loopholes for those lucky vendors only who can pay the authorities the vending charges of Rs 2000 per month for selling non- essential stuff while those who sell essential products and the services including chai tapris, cycle repair shops, key makers and barbers will have to deposit Rs 1500 per month to the MC.
This is not all, personnel from Municipal Corporation along with staff from Chief Architect’s office will hold the joint inspection at these places to find out the offenders. Those found without the license will be penalised.
The idea of making Chandigarh’s prime sectors a no-vending zone got conceived after the MC conducted a survey under Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 in July 2016. The major reason behind conducting the survey by MC was to offer registration to the street vendors and saving them from getting exploited.