Pune: The work of rehabilitation of hawkers in Pune is going on at a war footing and it is likely to completed by the end of January. If the civic body finds any hawker returned to their original site even after their rehabilitation, it will file a criminal complaint against him, informed Additional Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Shital Ugale.
The PMC’s anti-encroachment department is working on the hawkers’ policy for the city under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014.
As per the Supreme Court’s (SC) order issued in September 2013, the civic administration has to allow vendors to do their business in urban areas. The State government also gave instructions for allowing hawkers in the city. As per the SC’s direction and the State government’s resolution (GR), the civic body has framed a hawkers’ policy for the city and execution of the same has begun.
Ugale said, “The execution of the plan is expected to completed by the end of this month. Once it is completed, we are not going to allow hawkers to do business at their original place. They must shift to designated places. If PMC’s anti-encroachment squad finds these hawkers at same places after completion of the rehabilitation, the PMC will remove these hawkers and criminal cases will also be filed against them.”
At present, the anti-encroachment department of the PMC is taking action against 3,500 illegal hawkers per month.