Chandigarh street vendors move apex court against HC order asking UT to remove unregistered vendors

The case was filed on Tuesday and has not been taken up at the moment. The petition has been filed by one Lalu Prasad from Bapu Dham colony through advocate Sriram P.

Street vendors from the city moved the Supreme Court against the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order directing the UT to remove the unregistered vendors.

The case was filed on Tuesday and has not been taken up at the moment. The petition has been filed by one Lalu Prasad from Bapu Dham colony through advocate Sriram P.

It appeared as if officials of the enforcement wing of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation were waiting for them to move the apex court before sending out notices to them. As many as 127 notices to be served to vendors were prepared and held by officers. The enforcement officials said that the notices could not be served as it was already evening.

In the first phase, vendors from sectors 1 to sector 6, which have been declared no vending zone, will be shifted. As per the civic body’s plan, they will be shifted to the Sector 7 market near the booths. The drive to shift the vendors began after strict directions by Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Municipal Corporation also decided that vendors of Sector 17 will be relocated to Sector 15, where 1100 sites have been identIfied. Vendors from Sector 22 will also be shifted. In sector 22, only 107 registered vendors are allowed but as per official records 559 vendors sit there.

The number of vendors kept swelling post the civic body’s announcement in 2016 that it will not evict any vendors till the survey of street vendors was going on. The survey was to peg the exact number of vendors so as to provide them with licences. The MC clearly specified that during the ongoing process of registration of street vendors, they cannot remove or evict any street vendor.

According to the survey, there were 22,214 vendors in Chandigarh who were to get legal status despite the enforcement limiting the number of legal vendors to 7,500 in 2012. Later, questions were raised over the survey as well.

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