Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has turned down the demand by corporators to not take action against hawkers not having valid licence. The administration referred to the hawkers policy on conducting action against illegal hawkers. On Tuesday, the PMC administration submitted the proposal seeking action against unauthorised hawkers and the same was approved by the Standing Committee.
Yogesh Mulik, Chairman of Standing Committee said, "We have agreed to allow the administration to take action against unauthorised hawkers in the city where there are traffic issues."
There is lack of space for rehabilitation of hawkers falling under 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'E' categories. Therefore, the civic administration sought the nod of the Standing Committee to allow action against unauthorised hawkers.
As per the Supreme Court order, the State government made a hawkers' policy in 2017. It is being implemented by the PMC. Under the same, the PMC conducted biometric registration and 28,252 hawkers have completed their registration. The PMC has issued 20,685 licences to these biometric registered hawkers. The PMC could not issue licences to remaining hawkers as they have failed to produce necessary documents.
The PMC has rehabilitated 420 hawkers of 'A', 'B' and 'C' categories. The PMC has started the work to rehabilitate the remaining legal hawkers.
Corporators were demanding a halt in action against hawkers if the PMC fails to rehabilitate licenced hawkers for want of space.