AMC plans to relocate street vendors

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is planning to reserve one per cent of land in Town Planning (TP) schemes to relocate street vendors. The move is expected to affect more than one lakh street vendors of the city.

"This is the first policy level intervention for street vendors in the city to ensure their proper relocation and trade. We have tried relocating the vendors in Jamalpur market to some extent and will now allow limited vending along BRTS roads," said AMC commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra.

"From the earlier 0.5 per cent now we plan to allocate one per cent area to street vendors. We have removed vendors from model roads in the cities and have tried to relocate them with identity badges. Now we plan to clear the BRTS roads so as to ease traffic. The plan is expected to be passed by AMC soon," added the commissioner.

In a bid to gain better understanding of the vending community of the city, a digitalised database of around 88,000 vendors has been created, of which around 35 to 40 per cent sell fruits and vegetables.

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