Sector 17 has been declared no-vending zone and the Chandigarh administration has ordered the municipal corporation to remove vendors from Sector 17, known as the heart of the city. Though the municipal corporation house has overruled the decision to remove vendors from sector 17, but the UT Administration is firm on its stand of no-vending zone.
In addition to declaring sector 17 no-vending zone the Chandigarh administration has also ordered to restrict the number of vendors in sector 19 and 22. As per the order the maximum number of vendors in the above-mentioned sectors has been set to 150.
Vendors to be Removed From Chandigarh Sector 17
As per the report, the UT administration has clearly stated that the heart of the city, Sector 17, will remain a no-vending zone. The administration also stated that the number of vendors in Sectors 19 and 22 will be restricted to 150 each.
The order to restrict the number vendors has been given under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014. A survey was conducted last year according to which there are around 1,000 street vendors in Sector 17 and the number of street vendor in Sectors 22 and 19 stand at 1,800 and 650 respectively.
The Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) councillors had passed a resolution recently in the House meet that Sector 17 should be declared a vending zone but the order that has been taken under the chairmanship of UT home secretary has come as a major setback to the councillors.
Vendors to be rehabilitated
The UT home secretary has directed the commissioner, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, to remove illegal vendors from Sector 17, Chandigarh. The UT architecture department has also been asked by the home secretary to identify the locations in neighbouring sectors where these vendors can be relocated.
As per the report, a Chandigarh Municipal Corporation official has stated that it will be directing the enforcement department to remove the vendors from the above-mentioned sector at the earliest.
Protest by traders in sector 17 led to the orders
The development to remove vendors from sector 17 to implement the orders of making it no-vending zone and restricting the number of vendors in sector 19 and 22 to 150 has come a week after the traders protested against these vendors in sector 17 last week.
It was earlier this year that the Chandigarh architecture department had declared Sectors 22, 19 and 17 as no-vending zones due to the increasing congestion in the area.
Source: Hindustan Times