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Why are they worried about vending zones?

April 18, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:32 am IST - Bengaluru:

Street vendors are apprehensive about creation of vending zones, as by converse other areas will turn non-vending zones, which makes the vending zones all the more crucial.

For instance, the draft rules for Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 in the State has a clause that makes all main roads non-vending zones. This would turn many vibrant vending zones in the city into non-vending zones, displacing thousands of street vendors.

“Street vendors demand that hawking as a concept should be done where there is greater footfall and people are in transit. Grouping together of all street vendors in an area at one place will make it a market instead. Lack of space may also push the BBMP to go for multi-storey buildings, which have been a failure in K.R. Market, Jayanagar and other market complexes,” said Babu, a street vendor from Vijayanagar.

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