When you are hungry like a wolf and your pockets aren’t that deep, what you prefer at such instance is almost always Street food. No matter what, street food has always been a saviour at those bad times but to our disappointment, these food stalls will soon be landing into trouble as PMC has decided to take action against vendors cooking food on the street and selling it.
The PMC is going to seize their materials and file an FIR against them. Vendors have been up in arms against this for days now.
Sandhya Gagare, head of PMC’s anti-encroachment department, said,
Earlier, we did take action against street vendors, but they would simply pay a fine to the corporation and start their businesses again. Now, municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar has issued instructions to take strict action.
Gagare further added,
We will seize their material and file an FIR against them. If vendors still continue, we will then cancel their registration. I have asked all ward offices and officials to initiate action.
On the contrary, Sanjay Shanke, president, Janiv Sanghathana and member of the town vending committee which was formed by PMC as per a Supreme Court order, said,
This move is against the law. There is nothing mentioned in the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 about taking action against street food vendors. The corporation is playing a double game — they have not issued licences to vendors and yet they are initiating action.
The food enthusiasts who hunt food in the popular spots of Deccan Gymkhana, Karve Road, Katraj, Yerwada and F C Road will have to face a huge disappointment.
Dinesh Parmar, who runs a dosa stall in Sadhashiv Peth near S P College, said,
Many people don’t have the financial capacity to go to a hotel or restaurant to eat. So, they prefer our stalls. PMC has given us a licence for our business and now they are taking action against us.
Sonu Gawade, who has a wada pav stall at Swargate, said,
We keep our area clean and serve food hygienically. We are taking all necessary precautions. Despite this, if the corporation is going to file police cases, we will protest strongly.
Information source: punemirror
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