Hawkers to be allowed only 1 sq mt area each

Hawkers in the city will have a more organised identity in the coming months as the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) sets about registering them and designating space to them in line with the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors, 2009, across the city.

The registration process will begin from March 1. On Thursday, Municipal Commissioner called a meeting with the Town Vending Committee to discuss fees, biometric registration process, implementation of the Policy, and action to be taken against illegal hawkers, among other issues. Additional Municipal Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Anti-encroachment department, and representative of the hawker’s organisation were present at the meeting.

They have decided on the cost of biometric registration in the meeting. They are going to start the registration process from Monday. As per the orders, they have informed hawkers to make their stalls or sitting arrangements according to the standard size of 1 square metre latest by March 31. Action will be taken against those who don’t comply. Notices will be sent to the defaulting stall owners and a fine of Rs 1,000 will be levied within 24 hours. If the hawkers still ignore the directive, the fine will be raised to Rs 5,000 and so on.

If any hawker is caught in a no hawker’s zone, s/he will be fined Rs 5,000. If s/he is caught again, the registration will be cancelled.

Representative of hawkers in the Town Vending Committee and also general secretary of the Pathari Viysahik Sanghatana, Pune District, said that the corporation has ayed Rs 500 as the cost of biometric registration. Earlier, they had suggested Rs 600. They have registered a strong objection against the fee structure according to groups of city areas like A, A+, B and C. It starts at Rs 25 per day and goes up to Rs 200. Apart from this, the PMC will give a green signal to start businesses in 45 no-hawking zones provided the traffic police department gives a No Objection Certificate.
There are 18,000 authorised and unauthorised street vendors. The online system has three phases: the first phase includes on-field data collection; the second involves in-office document verification and collection of data. The smart card will be issued in the final phase.

On September 9, 2013, Supreme Court Judge had issued an order on the appeal of Maharashtra Ekta Hawkers Union of Mumbai that stated that the process of registration should be completed by municipal authorities across the country within four months of the receipt of the direction by chief secretaries of states and administrators of union territories. Following the State government directives, PMC conducted a survey, formed the Town Vending Committee on October 21, 2013 and initiated survey of vendors.

Source: timesofindia,Feb’14

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Hawkers’ Rehabilitation

Most of the hawkers have occupied spaces on roads. Rehabilitation of hawker’s is the delayed project of PMC and one of the major objectives of the project is to reduce traffic congestion on roads by removing the hawkers. The unavailability of land is also a reason behind the delay in construction of the stalls. It was difficult to acquire land, some properties were in litigation.

Pune is the first city in the country to receive funding for hawkers’ rehabilitation under the JNNURM.

The civic administration will finalize coordinating groups for management of hawkers by November 20. These groups will help implementation of street vendors’ policy as per the Supreme Court’s guidelines. The state government had earlier directed the municipal corporations across the state not to take action against roadside vendors till the hawkers’ policy for the respective cities is in place. The 10-day survey of places to identify spots of rehabilitation is expected to be completed by December 10. The roadside vendors could start doing business on these identified locations after that.

As per the PMC’s data, the city has around 20,000 vendors and hawkers, including those who do not have licences. There are around 7,500 licensed stall owners. The PMC stopped allotment of licences in 1997. Since March, the PMC has been removing illegal stalls, handcarts and sheds on 42 important roads in the city. The hawkers’ unions and political parties had demanded that the civic administration stop its drive against hawkers.

All hawkers operating illegally or illegally will be rehabilitated and they will be given space as per the hawkers’ policy framed by the civic administration. The growth in the number of hawkers in the city continues unabated because the state government is sitting on its hawkers’ policy since 2007. Once the policy is approved, hawkers can be rehabilitated permanently and stringent action can be taken to stop further encroachment.


Installation of paver blocks leading to death of trees

The city with a green blanket seated in the laps of hills has lost its old charm to the evils of development in the last few years. Remembering the old Pune roads, many will agree that roads like Ganeshkhind Road, Karve Road, Sinhagad Road, Jungli Maharaj Road, Fergusson College Road, etc., have lost their green cover.
PMC, PCMC have undertaken initiatives like tree adoption, plantation, free tree distribution etc. besides planting new trees, it’s necessary to preserve existing trees first.
Streets are lined with trees all over the city. But what is the condition of these trees? Worse, paver blocks laid on pavements as part of beautification drives are packed so close around the bases of existing trees that the trees get strangulated because of the blocks. It has observed that the paver blocks used while laying footpaths are responsible for the uprooting of fully grown trees. The contractors have not kept enough margins around tree trunks while constructing the pavements using paver blocks. These trees would die within a year due to the absence of a ring margin required for water percolation and air circulation. The concrete cover affects the growth of the tree as there is no breathing space. This can lead to death of the tree.
The city’s green cover needs to be protected and paver blocks should not be allowed to damage trees.


Unused foot bridges in the city

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to facilitate Puneites who walk the streets with a plan of installing more subways. But what is the condition of the existing ones? Very few subways or over-bridges have been used regularly by pedestrians.
The foot bridge in front of SNDT College is one of them. It has nearly 50 steps which pedestrians choose to avoid. Karve road is very much crowded during peak hours. Many people prefer to risk their lives and cross busy roads rather than using this facility. It is also a hazard as speeding vehicles tend to swerve at last minute endangering other vehicles. The road witnessed an accident because of pedestrians crossing the road yesterday. Two bikes were involved in the accident.

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Cinderella street: F C Road shines by night, but is littered by day

It’s a carnival out there. Fergusson College Road is set thick with hawkers on either side. Whether its fashion accessories, trendy clothing, cosmetics or a variety of street snacks, these hawkers have them all. City crowds make merry late into the night on weekends in this veritable ‘fashion street’. But the beautiful peacock at night turns into an ugly duckling in the morning, strewn with the sordid remains of revelry.

Citizens from the area have been pursuing the issue of growing litter on the road, especially during the weekends, with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for two long years now. Finally, on Sunday, they submitted a written complaint to the civic body, urging it to take suitable measures to stop this littering, which is causing plastic pollution as well. Sumita Kale, a member of the citizens group, Deccan Gymkhana and Fergusson College Road Parisar Samittee (DGPS), which has written to PMC, elaborated, “The garbage situation on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings is absolutely dismal. There is a lot of litter, with plastic and half-eaten food strewn all over the footpath. The PMC should urgently find a solution to this problem.”

It’s mostly the young crowd that frequents FC Road, lured by the food, clothes and accessories on offer. Food stalls also multiply during the weekends, which generates a lot of trash. The litter consists mostly of plastic bags from packing material, foil plates and plastic glasses. “Sweeping is not a solution. The sweepers have to work doubly hard to clean the streets on the weekends, when the litter is more. The ones who treat the roads as garbage dumps should be made accountable instead,” Kale added.

“It’s the PMC’s responsibility to see that the streets are kept free of litter. Ideally, hawkers should not be sitting on the footpaths, except for those who have been given permission. Those sitting there legally should also take the onus of cleaning up. The PMC should create a nuisance detection squad to identify the problem areas. Citizens should bring any case of littering to the PMC’s notice as well,” said Satish Khot, president of the National Society for Clean Cities.

When contacted, PMC’s assistant commissioner for the Ghole Road ward, Madhav Jagtap, said they are already in the process of getting the problem solved. “If hawkers are seen sitting on these footpaths, we will take action. Some of them have taken permission, while others are hawking there illegally. The legal hawkers will be shifted to a designated part of the parking space. Litter bins will also be kept to collect the trash and will be mandatory for hawkers. We will also allot ragpickers to clean the streets,” he assured.

Source: Punemirror



अनारोग्य, वाहतुकीची कोंडी आणि दादागिरीही

शहरभर बोकाळलेल्या हातगाडय़ा आणि स्टॉलच्या अतिक्रमणांमुळे जागोजागी वाहतूक कोंडीची समस्या निर्माण होत असून लाखो रुपये खर्च करून तयार केलेले पदपथही वाया गेल्यात जमा आहेत. संबंधित व्यावसायिकांचे अधिकाऱ्यांशी असलेले साटेलोटे, व्यावसायिकांकडून निर्माण होत असलेली अनारोग्याची परिस्थिती, व्यावसायिकांची दादागिरी आणि स्थानिक नागरिकांना होणारा त्रास असे अनेक प्रकार शहरभर उघडपणे दिसत असले, तरी प्रशासन मात्र ढिम्मच आहे.
शहरभर सुरू असलेले स्टॉल आणि हातगाडय़ांमुळे अनेक प्रश्न नागरिकांना भेडसावात आहेत. विशेषत: ज्या भागात या गाडय़ा वा स्टॉल सुरू आहेत तेथील स्थानिक रहिवाशांना या व्यावसायिकांचा फार मोठा त्रास सहन करावा लागत असल्याचा अनुभव आहे. या व्यावसायिकांमुळे आरोग्याचेही प्रश्न जागोजागी निर्माण झाले आहेत. बेकायदेशीररीत्या हे व्यवसाय चालत असल्यामुळे त्यातील कोणालाही महापालिकेचा अधिकृत नळजोड मिळालेला नसतो. त्यामुळे जवळच्या कोणत्याही ठिकाणावरून पाणी आणून हे व्यवसाय चालवले जातात. पाणी साठवण्यासाठी अतिशय घाणेरडय़ा बादल्या वापरल्या जातात. तसेच रिकाम्या थाळ्या, चमचे, कप, ग्लास, अन्य भांडी धुण्यासाठी कमीतकमी पाण्याचा वापर केला जातो. तेच तेच पाणी पुन्हा पुन्हा वापरले जाते. एकाच बादलीत भांडी धुतली जातात. सर्व गाडय़ांवरचे पदार्थ हे उघडय़ावरच तयार केले जातात आणि ते उघडय़ावर मांडून तसेच विकले जातात.
चायनीज आणि अंडाबुर्जी विकणाऱ्या गाडय़ा सायंकाळनंतर लावल्या जातात. या गाडय़ा रात्री उशिरापर्यंत सुरू असतात आणि या गाडय़ांचा उपयोग अनेक गुंड, मवाली यांच्याकडून दारु पिण्यासाठी केला जातो. या गाडय़ांच्या आजूबाजूला अनेक टोळकी रात्री दारु पित बसलेली असतात. त्याचा त्रास परिसरातील रहिवाशांनाही होतो. अनेक गाडय़ा अशा पद्धतीने लावल्या जातात की पार्किंगची जागाही बंद केली जाते. काही गाडय़ा घरे वा बंगल्यांच्या सीमाभिंतींचा आधार घेऊन लावल्या जातात. या गाडय़ांमुळे शहरात अनेक ठिकाणी वाहतूक कोंडीही होत असते.
– काय सांगितले..?
शहरातील ४५ प्रमुख रस्ते आणि १५३ मुख्य चौक कायमस्वरुपी अतिक्रमण मुक्त राहतील.
– काय झाले..
या योजनेतील एकही रस्ता आणि एकही चौक अतिक्रमणमुक्त झाल्याचा अनुभव नाही.
काय सांगितले..?
– पथारीवाल्यांचे पुनर्वसन नेहरू योजनेअंतर्गत ओटा मार्केटमध्ये केले जाईल.
– काय झाले.. ?
– ओटा मार्केट आणि पुनर्वसन फक्त घोषणांपुरतेच, प्रत्यक्षात पुनर्वसन नाहीच.
प्रमाणपत्र का देत नाही ?
शहर फेरीवाला समितीच्या धोरणानुसार पथारीवाले व रस्त्यावरील व्यावसायिकांचे बायोमेट्रिक सर्वेक्षण झाले आहे. सर्वेक्षण करून नोंदणी केलेल्या व्यावसायिकांची संख्या १९,००० इतकी आहे. त्यातील सात हजार जणांनाच फेरीवाला नोंदणी प्रमाणपत्र देण्यात आले आहे. सर्वाना प्रमाणपत्र दिले गेले तर कायदेशीर कोण व बेकायदेशीर कोण हे स्पष्ट होईल. मात्र, प्रमाणपत्र देण्याची कार्यवाहीच पूर्ण केली जात नाही.
संजय शंके
सदस्य, शहर फेरीवाला समिती
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