Illegal street vendors of Vasundhara Sector 16, 17 & 18 have taken recourse to a previous order of Allahabad High Court (April 2017) in which the HC had expressly said that vending zones should be created in cities of Uttar Pradesh (under the provisions of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014) before the street vendors are dispossessed of their place of livelihood. In Ghaziabad too the DM had directed the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) and other urban local bodies to create vending zones in their jurisdictional areas, which will be clusters where street vendors will open shop after getting duly registered.
However as the GDA and GNN took time to establish the vending zones about 111 street vendors in Vasundhara led by one Jitender Kumar filed a contempt at HC. These vendors contended that their names have not been considered for registration under the GNN survey for inclusion of registered vendors to do business in upcoming vending zones.
However, Legal Superintendent of GNN, Vishal Gaurav said: “These vendors were not in picture during the DUDA survey as they had been removed earlier by the GNN but had filed the contempt at the HC, however, we (GNN) will reply appropriately during the next date of hearing as the earlier date of Jan 31 had been postponed.”
In September last year GNN had carried out a major anti-encroachment drive after NGT;s order to clear the squatters from storm water drains. Residents of these sectors had often complained about the rising pollution being caused by street vendors and illegal commercial establishments.
Executive Engineer of UP Avas Vikas, Bhola Nath, (Division 27) said that the Avas Vikas is also keeping a eye on the said judgment when asked about what action they were taking against illegal shops.