Over 5 years after the municipal company began identification of distributors within the metropolis, the Higher Mohali Space Growth Authority (GMADA) has permitted eight of the whole 14 merchandising websites proposed across the metropolis.
These will probably be handed over to the civic physique on March 8, which is able to pave the way in which for implementation of the Road Distributors’ (Safety of Livelihood and Regulation of Road Merchandising) Act, 2014.
The eight websites had been earmarked following a joint survey by MC and GMADA a couple of months again.
The Act is geared toward registering and rehabilitating avenue distributors and likewise saving them from exploitation by the hands of enforcement officers. It additionally calls for correct rationing of city streets and areas.
A senior GMADA official mentioned the chief administrator will accord the ultimate approval by Friday, following which they’ll hand over the eight websites to MC by March 8.
“As soon as we get the house, we’ll start the method of creating them and allotting websites to distributors, which is able to take round two months,” mentioned MC commissioner Kamal Kumar Garg.
Within the absence of implementation of the Act, unlawful distributors have been thriving at a number of primary markets of town, particularly in Phases 7, 3B1, 3B2, 9, 10 and 11.
“For years, we’ve been urging the authorities to take motion in opposition to unlawful distributors, however to no avail. The parking heaps are left with no house resulting from encroachments by them,” mentioned Jatinder Pal Singh, president, Part 3B2 Market Welfare Affiliation.
Identification course of began in 2015
At the very least 993 distributors had been recognized in an MC survey that was initiated in 2015. A personal agency employed by MC to hold out the survey had initially shortlisted no less than 2,295 distributors, however the MC Home discovered anomalies within the survey and ordered a contemporary one. In 2017, the civic physique had concluded there have been 993 shifting and stationary distributors.
In January final yr, MC had determined to implement the Act first in Part 7, the place as many as 139 distributors are registered. The MC commissioner had even requested the company that performed the survey to mark merchandising house within the parking areas, however the plan had fallen flat following objections by the market welfare affiliation and space councillor.
Thereon, MC issued identification playing cards to 200 of the 993 distributors, however they had been by no means given designated areas to hold out their commerce.
Sector 54, close to Bassi Theatre
Sector 55, close to Part-1 barrier
Sector 56, UT-Mohali border
Sector 68, close to Temple of Information
Sector 77, close to waterworks
Sector 77, close to Akal Ashram Colony
Sector 78, close to fireplace station
Sector 79, close to Housefed flats