Pune: Soon, the city is set to get a better look with encroachment-free footpaths and roads. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to make 45 roads and 153 chowks hawker-free in next two months.
The hawkers who have registered with the civic body will be rehabilitated at five rehabilitation schemes across the city, while the unregistered ones will face the music from the Anti-Encroachment Department of the PMC.
The rehabilitation of the hawkers at the designated hawkers’ zone is part of implementation of the Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act, 2015. After registration of the vendors PMC in consultation with town vending committee, has chalked out a plan for the rehabilitation of these vendors and five places have been identified for the rehabilitation. Over 1,000 hawkers are expected to be rehabilitated in the process.
Madhav Jagtap, Deputy Commissioner and Head of the PMC’s Encroachment and Illegal Construction Eviction Department said, “The PMC has hired 172 encroachment inspectors, who carry out action against the illegal vendors once the rehabilitation process is complete.”
Jagtap added, “The PMC will be taking strict action against the unauthorized vendors. We are also contemplating filing criminal cases against the unauthorised vendors.”
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had given an ultimatum to PMC a fortnight back to remove unauthorised vendors otherwise, it would remove them forcefully. On Thursday, MNS workers forcefully evicted dozens of hawkers from Sinhagad Road near Rajaram Bridge.
The MNS is campaigning against unauthorised hawkers in the city for a while now. On the other hand, hawkers’ organisations are up in arms against the MNS action. They warned that if PMC takes action against hawkers succumbing to pressure from MNS, they will launch a protest against the PMC.