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GHMC leads in regulating street vendors

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The Hindu            12.06.2017  

GHMC leads in regulating street vendors

Livelihood question:File photo of street vendors at Koti.Nagara GopalNagara Gopal  

Identity cards distributed to over 19,000 street vendors

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is leading in the country in implementing Street Vending Policy under the Livelihoods Regulation Act, 2014 announced by the Centre.

The Act was introduced to let small and petty traders carry on their business on footpaths and push carts without creating any hurdles for the traffic and the pedestrians and eke their living in the places earmarked for them.

Identity cards

The GHMC through its Urban Poverty Alleviation wing conducted a survey and identified 26,891 street vendors and gave identity cards so far to 19,369 vendors.

It also extended special training to 4,741 small traders to improve their financial discipline and organised 384 groups.

This effort by the Urban Community Development wing made the GHMC leading corporation in this aspect, according to a release.

Vending zones

The UCD also categorised 81 zones as prohibited, partial and free-vending zones so far and the process to earmark such vending zones in all areas across the city was under process through a survey, the release said.

The GHMC has been successful in implementing the Street Vending Policy with the coordination of traffic wing, revenue and labour departments and also local people’s representatives, the release added. Under the street vending policy, financial assistance would also be extended to the street vendors and improve their living standards.

Groups formed

Along with street vendors, common interest groups were also created for the protection of livelihood of street vendors as well as not to create any inconvenience to the citizens.

In every Circle level, Town Vending Committees would be constituted and these committees would have 20% government officers, 40% street vendors and 20% members of social organisations.

The areas prohibiting street vending were identified as red zone, areas earmarked for vending as green zone and the areas where street transactions were permitted in a limited way were referred to as special zones. The UCD has been issuing identity cards to street vendors carrying on their trade in these zones, the release added.


Municipal admin dept sets up dashboard

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The New Indian Express       03.06.2017  

Municipal admin dept sets up dashboard

HYDERABAD: The Telangana urban dashboard of the municipal administration department was launched in the office of the commissioner & director of municipal administration (CDMA) here on Friday.  

Municipal administration secretary Navin Mittal, who launched the facility, said initiatives such as the dashboard would help in monitoring the functioning of the department better.

Explaining salient features of dashboard, director of municipal administration TK Sridevi said it would be useful to evaluate performance of different wings and programmes of municipal administration department.


PCMC asks residents of ‘dangerous’ bldgs to vacate

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The Times of India        14.05.2017 

PCMC asks residents of ‘dangerous’ bldgs to vacate

| | May 14, 2017, 11.00 PM IST
Navi Mumbai: The PCMC had asked citizens living in 'dangerous buildings' to vacate before the monsoon kicks in.

The residents have been served with a public notice to either vacate or repair the dilapidated buildings.

PCMC has also asked Cidco to inform the residents as a major part of the newly formed civic body is still handled by the town planning authority which also has data on the number of buildings.

PCMC engineer S B Katekar said, "The civic body in a public notice have asked the residents to vacate their dangerous buildings ahead of the monsoon. They have been asked to repair their houses too."

As per PCMC data, 37 buildings or houses were dangerous. "Most of them have either been vacated or redeveloped. However, the remaining number of buildings have to be checked,"Katekar added.

Cidco possibly has the count of buildings that fall in the dangerous category, the engineer said.

"PCMC has issued notices and given advertisements in local newspapers without doing a structural audit. They have not even prepared a technical report for issuing these notices," a city resident, R Ingole, said.

Some of the old buildings include the abandoned sub-divisional office in Line Ali area of Panvel. A few other buildings are located near Swami Nityanand Marg, Panvel.

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"Many children play in the open area of the sub divisional office. This building had also housed many offices," a Panvel resident, Rakesh Thakur, said.

In the absence of Cidco records, PCMC cannot declare buildings in Cidco nodes as dangerous. Further, the grampanchayats do not keep record of such buildings or houses that are dilapidated and dangerous.
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