Special Correspondent

“Anti-social elements appropriate public space and lease it

at a high price to hawkers.”

Thiruvananthapuram: The city Corporation has decided to regulate trade on footpaths during festival seasons.

Addressing a meeting of police officers and civic functionaries convened at the Corporation office on Friday, Mayor C. Jayan Babu said unidentified persons would not be allowed to hawk wares on footpaths or excess government land on the sides of main thoroughfares.

Intelligence reports said that that anti-social elements were appropriating public space and leasing it at a high price to hawkers from outside the district, he said.

No trade will be allowed on the footpath from the Pazhavangadi-Ganapathy Temple to Attakulangara. The police will keep a tab on street vendors. The Corporation has demarcated a part of the Putharikandam ground, Central Theatre road and the Attakulangara- Eenchakkal road for hawkers selling goods at rates lower than shops in the commercial area. They have to apply to the Corporation with their photographs and photo-imposed identity cards (voter’s identity card, ration card or driving licence). The police will issue identity cards to such hawkers. They will be allotted approximately 4 sq.m. each.

The Corporation will not charge fee for the space. Hawkers will not be allowed to transfer the space allotted to them. The Mayor said the regulations were not aimed at putting an end to hawking but to ensure that it does not inconvenience the public.

V. Sivankutty, MLA, stressed the need for a mechanism for hawkers to continue their business during the festival season. He said a large section of the public benefited from the street vendors.