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Monday, 8 February 2021

Panchkula likely to hold draw for vending sites

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 7

The Panchkula Municipal Corporation may soon hold a draw for allocating spaces to street vendors.

Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal, while confirming the development, said a draw of lots would be conducted for allocating sites to street vendors as per a rehabilitation plan.

"We had issued tenders for around 10 vending zones. Many of them have been completed, while some are on the verge of completion," he said. On the failure of the first vending zone in Sector 19, Goyal said vendors had expressed space-related issues for not moving to the sites they were allotted.

"We had increased the size of a vending site from 1x1.5 m to 1.8x2.7 m. They now have enough space to run their business," he said. The Sector 19 vending spot, which could earlier accommodate 458 vendors, can now be used by 260 vendors.

Similarly, the vending zones in Sector 15 and Sector 2 will soon be allocated to street vendors. Goyal said of 3,700 street vendors in the city, only 1,800-2,000 are residents of Panchkula. The issue of encroachments has been prevalent in the city for a long time now, with the authorities struggling to find an ultimate solution. However, it remains an integral part of the poll promises.

from The Tribune

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