Delhi HC calls for a meeting with concerned authorities for implementation of Street Vendors Act

Chaini Parwani –

Published On: December 09, 2021 at 18:20 IST

The Delhi High Court informed that it would meet chairpersons of municipal bodies and the director of the DDA on Saturday for interpretation of the problems being faced in implementation of the Street Vendors Act.

The Division Bench comprising of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh was the hearing the Petitions on street vending in Delhi.

The Bench held the concerned authorities liable for not executing the plan in place as required under the Law and for permitting street vendors to function even in markets declared no-hawking zones.

The Court noted that there seems to be some ‘disconnect’ and the authorities are apparently not using their intelligence or have not understood the way the Act is to be implemented.

The Bench Stated “We just want to understand why we are having this problem every time. We want to understand from them and give our understanding. Maybe they have a different perspective. You are just not working the Act the way it is supposed to work. The whole purpose of the Act is to regulate it (vending). You are not doing that the way it is supposed to be done. On the contrary, you are going about creating more and more confusion.”

Further the court reprimanded the government that taking credit for the redevelopment is useless if the place falls back to as it was before.

Furthermore while referring to Chandni Chowk, the Court sternly stated to the Government despite redevelopment of all the area’s most of it has been encroached and the whole place is unhygienic, impossible to walk in.

Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, for the Government, replied that the situation has improved.

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