Shifting vendors from footpaths a distant dream

Charanjit Singh Teja

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 10

Efforts of the Municipal Corporation (MC) to establish ‘Smart Bazaar’ by shifting vendors from footpaths seems to be futile.

The company hired for the project of vending zones is planning to leave the city as the MC is helpless in front of vendors. Lack of action by the MC, vend-free roads and footpaths seem to be a distant dream for residents.

On January 24, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC Commissioner Sonali Giri had inaugurated the street vending project near the bus stand with pomp and show. The Mayor had announced to set up ‘Smart Bazaars’ at 42 places in the city within a month. But even after two weeks, the MC has failed to convince a single vendor to be shifted to ‘Smart Bazaar’.

Abhay Singh, manager of the Street Vending Pilot Project, said, “A few vendors have sabotaged the drive. They don’t even care about the guidelines of the Supreme Court, the Punjab Government and the MC Commissioner. We can’t use force against them. I am disappointed and can’t waste my time.”

The MC had hired Kiran Software Solution Company in 2016 for the pilot project. The company had conducted a survey in 2016-17 and found that there were 16,253 vendors in the city.

The MC has identified 42 locations to establish ‘smart’ markets. According to the project, all vendors will get a space to set up their vends in these markets. According to the proposal, the company will also help the vendors provide them easy loans to buy a specific vend for uniformity.

“We had hired a team for the project and established a control room for redressal of complaints of vendors. But when the vendors are not ready, how can we continue? Only handful vendors become a hurdle in the project. All migrant vendors are ready to shift their vends to the vending zones,” said Abhay Singh.

Firm hired for project planning to leave

  • The company hired for the project of vending zones is planning to leave the city as the MC is helpless in front of vendors. Lack of action by the MC, vend-free roads and footpaths seem to be a distant dream for residents.
  • On January 24, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC Commissioner Sonali Giri had inaugurated the street vending project near the bus stand with pomp and show. The Mayor had announced to set up ‘Smart Bazaars’ at 42 places in the city within a month. But even after two weeks, the MC has failed to convince a single vendor to shift to ‘Smart Bazaar’.