PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has revised monthly charges for hawkers from Rs 20 per day to up to Rs 200 per day or Rs 6,000 per month based on the classification as per their businesses and area. The civic body had not revised these charges for over 25 years. Although this hike has got final approval and the new charges have been implemented for hawkers having PMC certificates, some hawkers’ unions are opposing the move.
President of Shivrai Vichar Pathari Sanghatana, one of the hawkers’ unions has written to Mayor Mukta Tilak and Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar demanding rollback of the hike as it is a burden on the hawkers. “If PMC tries to collect a hefty amount it is impossible for them to pay and hence there will be a tendency among hawkers to avoid registration with the civic body. That means PMC will not be able to monitor their activities, which may lead to a chaotic situation as illegal hawkers will encroach upon city roads. So hawkers’ monthly charges should be reduced to Rs 600,” Ravindra Malvadkar of the union demanded.
The Anti-Encroachment Department of PMC has completed registration of 14,000 hawkers. Out of these, 1,000 hawkers will be relocated at five rehabilitation schemes in the city. Madhav Jagtap, Deputy Commissioner and Head of the Encroachment and Illegal Construction Removal Department told Sakal Times, “As part of implementing the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2015, the civic body has formed a town vending committee. The rates were raised after consulting the town vending committee. It was approved by the General Body and we have already started implementing the same.”
As per the new rate structure, the PMC has classified hawkers into A+, A, B and C categories based on their business. The daily charge has been decided at per day Rs 200 for A+, Rs 100 for A, Rs 50 for B, and Rs 25 for C Category.
Earlier, the charges was only Rs 20 per month or 70 paise per day.
Jagtap said, “These categories have been made based on the footfall the area receives. The areas getting maximum footfall like Tulsibaug and Hongkong Lane will be charged more. However, it does not mean that a vegetable vendor will be charged Rs 200 per day. Vendors having less income have been classified in C category and will be charged only Rs 25 per day.”
Regarding whether hawkers will dodge registrations, Jagtap said, “There will be no scope for illegal hawkers in coming days. Hawkers not having PMC certificate will not be allowed to do any business. PMC encroachment inspectors will be empowered to remove all such vendors from the streets.”