A town vending committee to register street vendors will be formed soon in the city under the National Street Vendor Policy 2009 with Tiruchi Corporation Council giving its nod to the move recently. The national policy recognises street vending as an integral part of the urban retail trade and provides street vendors legal status. Street vendors are to be enumerated ward wise and each street vendor will be registered by the town vending committee and issued identity cards. The policy recommends that municipal authorities provide a range of civic services to street vendors, including allocation of designated areas for their trade.
The town vending committee will be empowered to collect a fee and monthly maintenance charge, depending on the location and type of business. The corporation council at its recent meeting approved a resolution paving the way for the formation of the town vending committee.