Mangalore, Oct 21, 2014: Addressing a programme on “Street vendors in India: Issues, struggles, best practices and way forward,” organised by Roshni Nilaya School of Social Work at college premises on Sunday October 19, New Delhi based National Assocoation of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) Co-Ordinator Arbind Singh who represents NASVI that was instrumental in the government formulating Street Vendors Act 2014, said that developing vending zones in secluded an inconvenient places may not be accepted by street vendors as well as customers, thus hampering the business.
Therefore, while rehabilitating the street vendors, a natural market has to be provided to them and they should be constantly surveyed, he stressed. The Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street vending Act 2014, will be imlimented in at least 100 cities in the country.
He requested public sector companies like banks to financially help in developing vending zones in cities.
Taking an example of Bhuvaneshwar city corporation, where the banks have developed vending zones in the absence of financial support from the corporation, Singh said that more such models have to come up. “Several innovations can be introduced in street vending like model market for vendors, women markets, night markets, food streets, weekly markets, historical markets etc, which will draw more number of customers and helps vendors to earn their livelihood. Night market on the lines of Taiwan, could be a good idea as a customer can go for shopping when there is no traffic congestion.” “Special focus has to be given to women vendors as they are largely marginalised,” he advocated.