In future, the streets and pavements should be in order, with vendors taking places allotted to them. The Karnataka Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, approved by the cabinet on Tuesday, aims to streamline hawking by having specified vending zones and ensure convenience to pedestrians and motorists.
The city will have vending zones, vending restriction zones and vending-free zones. Pedestrian movement, cleanliness, sanitation and public hygiene would be considered while identifying them. The new policy will lead to the creation of a town vending committee, where street vendors have to register. The committee has been empowered to seize material and goods, if the vendors are found guilty of violating rules. According to the new policy, a penalty of Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 can be imposed.
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This, I expect, should be seen as a welcome development. A lot of discussions on the subject has already taken place on PRAJA, which may be accessed here. Strangely again, on a subject like this, where the civil society would have had much to say, there doesn't appear to have taken place much of public consultations.
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