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GMC to conduct survey of street vendors soon

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GUWAHATI, Sept 20 � The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) will soon conduct a survey of all existing street vendors within the area under the jurisdiction of the civic body to identify different categories of street vendors.

Senior civic officials told The Assam Tribune that the survey will be conducted by a competent institution to identify different categories of street vendors such as stationery vendors, mobile vendors and others.

�GMC�s Town Vending Committee shall ensure that all existing street vendors identified in the survey are accommodated in the vending zones subject to the plan for street vending and the holding capacity of the vending zones,� he said.

GMC has decided that every street vendor identified under the survey will be issued a certificate of vending by the Town Vending Committee subject to �such terms and conditions and within the period specified in the scheme, including the restrictions specified in the plan for street vending.�

GMC Commissioner S Viswanathan has instructed all the six zonal vending committees to hold meetings and coordinate in the survey process for the purpose of effective implementation of the Act.

The civic body has roped in the police, Guwahati Municipal Development Authority (GMDA), NGOs and representatives of street vendors to formulate a proper strategy in this regard.

It is noteworthy that the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, came into force in March this year. It is intended to protect the rights of urban street vendors and to regulate street vending activities to ensure free flow of traffic, smooth movement of pedestrians and maintenance of cleanliness and public hygiene.

�Our effort is to comply with the legislation and to create a supportive environment for street vendors to carry out their vocation while at the same time ensuring that their vending activities do not lead to overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in the public spaces and the street,� said the official.

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GMC to conduct survey of street vendors soon

GUWAHATI, Sept 20 � The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) will soon conduct a survey of all existing street vendors within the area under the jurisdiction of the civic body to identify different categories of street vendors.

Senior civic officials told The Assam Tribune that the survey will be conducted by a competent institution to identify different categories of street vendors such as stationery vendors, mobile vendors and others.

�GMC�s Town Vending Committee shall ensure that all existing street vendors identified in the survey are accommodated in the vending zones subject to the plan for street vending and the holding capacity of the vending zones,� he said.

GMC has decided that every street vendor identified under the survey will be issued a certificate of vending by the Town Vending Committee subject to �such terms and conditions and within the period specified in the scheme, including the restrictions specified in the plan for street vending.�

GMC Commissioner S Viswanathan has instructed all the six zonal vending committees to hold meetings and coordinate in the survey process for the purpose of effective implementation of the Act.

The civic body has roped in the police, Guwahati Municipal Development Authority (GMDA), NGOs and representatives of street vendors to formulate a proper strategy in this regard.

It is noteworthy that the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, came into force in March this year. It is intended to protect the rights of urban street vendors and to regulate street vending activities to ensure free flow of traffic, smooth movement of pedestrians and maintenance of cleanliness and public hygiene.

�Our effort is to comply with the legislation and to create a supportive environment for street vendors to carry out their vocation while at the same time ensuring that their vending activities do not lead to overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in the public spaces and the street,� said the official.