The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has formed a Town Vending Committee with representation from officials, police and hawkers associations following the Supreme Court directions on implementation of the national policy on street vendors.

Speaking to presspersons after the weekly Prajavani programme on Monday, GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar said the committee was formed after the government had issued orders pursuant to the court directions.

The committee would work out details such as earmarking vending/hawking zones in the city and registering the vendors and hawkers, issuing them identity cards and allocating them areas.

“Instructions have been issued for formation of similar committees at zonal and circle levels also,” he said.

A survey would also be taken up to enumerate hawkers and vendors operating in the city.

Night shelters

With winter having set in and temperatures dropping, the GHMC started the process of identifying buildings for providing night shelters to the homeless. “It is terribly cold in the nights and we feel the urgency to do something to provide succour for the homeless. Some locations have already been identified and we will make the required arrangements,” Mr. Somesh Kumar said.

He also assured support to Shramadaan Foundation which voluntarily takes up the job of filling potholes on the city roads.

“We have promised to provide filling material loads and they can decide which roads to be attended to. Their volunteers can help us in the process,” he said.

Mr. Somesh Kumar said all the works related to BPS would be completed by the month-end and the civic body would soon initiate the long-pending works related to rationalisation of house numbers on a project mode. Earlier, a total of 50 grievances were received from citizens during the Prajavani programme.

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