Pedestrian PIL status
PIL hearing was on 15th Sept'2014
HC: BBMP cannot neglect pedestrians
HC seeks report on implementation of Supreme Court’s directive on street vendors
The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the BBMP to submit a report on how it has been implementing the Supreme Court’s 2009 directive on street vendors and also provisions of the newly enacted Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice Ashok B. Hinchigeri issued the direction while hearing a PIL petition on the poor condition of footpaths and encroachment of pedestrian ways.
The counsel for petitioners pointed out that street vendors had been given some protection by the SC through a series of guidelines issued in 2009. The earlier direction of the Court to evict encroachers without any notice was impacting the protection given to street vendors under the law.
The Bench questioned the BBMP on implementation of the law on street vendors, like identification of hawking zones, while making it clear that it could not neglect the right and safety of pedestrians while protecting the interests of hawkers.
good to see court taking up the cause of Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 where BBMP is doing damage to street vendors in the name of encroachment. Practically BBMP has not done any thing on the footpaths.