SDMC to start survey of hawkers at Lajpat Nagar market | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will conduct a survey of hawkers/vendors in Lajpat Nagar market through vendors nominated by the Delhi government.
“A meeting will be called on Thursday with all the stakeholders to decide the future course of action. We will give the task to two vendors authorised by Delhi government to conduct the drive as they have all the required technical knowledge, manpower and are trained properly,” said a south corporation official.
The step has been taken on the direction of Delhi high court, which has given two weeks time to the civic body to complete the exercise.
Civic officials claim that the market has been declared a ‘no hawking zone,’ but vendors can still be found sitting here. A government notification for not removing them till the survey of the town vending committee is completed, had triggered confusion.
“We have been conducting an anti-encroachment drive every week in these markets. We needed clarity on whether to conduct a survey of vendors in ‘no vending zone’ in Lajpat Nagar. Now that clarity has been obtained from the court, we will conduct the survey and submit the details in the court as well as with the town vending committee.”
Traders of Lajpat Nagar had earlier moved the court against the town vending committee survey. “The market had been declared as no-hawking/no-squatting zone by the Supreme Court. In the given circumstances, the market should not fall under the purview of the town vending committee for conducting surveys. That’s why, our traders’ federation had filed a contempt plea to stay the survey,” said Ashwani Marwah, general secretary of Traders’ Association Lajpat Nagar.
The government in 2019 had asked the civic bodies of Delhi to conduct a survey of vendors through their respective town vending committees. “After conducting the survey across the city, inviting public objections, verifying the identity of these vendors and completing other work, the town vending committees will take a decision on the number of vendors to be allowed at any location,” said an official.
“We have held meetings with vending committees. The survey across the city is likely to be over by September.”

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