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MCG identifies 23 vending zones for rehabilitation

The MCG has identified around 23 vending zones across the city to rehabilitate street vendors who are currently operating within the Municipal area of Gurgaon. 

On the orders of Punjab and Haryana high court, the MCG had recently carried out a survey to identify street vendors across 35 wards to rehabilitate them.

As a part of the pilot project under the rehabilitation scheme, the civic body is planning to prepare three vending zones in the city, including the Gurgaon bus stand, officials said. Nearly 14,715 street vendors were identified as a result of this survey. The orders from the High Court will decide the allotment of shops to the vendors in these vending zones soon.
 
After the passing of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, all the Municipal corporations were directed to form a town vending committee to conduct surveys of all vendors under their jurisdiction.

Following this, the MCG had formed a committee and conducted the survey but it has not yet started to rehabilitate the vendors.

Unhappy with the delay, Hawkers Jan Kalyan Sangh had filed a petition before the High Court earlier this year, following which the court had directed the MCG to submit a report on the status of vendors. 

The Act also certifies all street vendors. The certificate can be transferred to a family member if the vendor dies or suffers from permanent disability.

The members also said that as per the Act, all street vendors need to be accommodated in a designated vending zone. However, those who fail to get space in the same vending zone should be accommodated in adjoining vending zones. 
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