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Up in Arms:Members of the National Association of Street Vendors of India protesting at the Delhi Police headquarters against prohibition of hawkers and street vendors at India Gate.- Photo: Monica Tiwari
Up in Arms:Members of the National Association of Street Vendors of India protesting at the Delhi Police headquarters against prohibition of hawkers and street vendors at India Gate.- Photo: Monica Tiwari

Hours after India Gate hawkers staged a protest outside the Delhi Police headquarters , the authorities have agreed to constitute a joint team of the Delhi Police and vendors to identify suitable parking and vending area near India Gate.

The proposed team would be led by DCP New Delhi district and would comprise Station House Officers of Parliament Street and Tilak Marg Police Stations and street vendors as its representatives.

Staging the protest under the banner of National Street Vendors Association of India (NASVI), vendors demanded that the ban on the entry of visitors and vendors at the India Gate be lifted immediately. As a part of the protest they offered to sell cucumber, lemon, orange, papad and mineral water to the policemen present at the venue.

Later, during their meeting with the Police Commissioner, the representatives of the vendors put forth their demands in response to which the former highlighted the security concerns related to India Gate and asked the vendors to come up with practical solutions.

The proposal put forth by the NASVI representatives included opening of parking at five points facing different corners of the India Gate including Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, Shahjahan Road, Tilak Marg and KG Marg as well as the area facing Man Singh Road.

They also proposed weekly review of the situation at India Gate and time-bound action plan to resettle the vendors at their original site.

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