The MC has had discussions with all stakeholders to remove the anomalies and prevent them from appearing in the new areas to allow sellers to sell their items smoothly. The motive behind the exercise is to popularize the selling areas to attract maximum visitors and satisfy the sellers.
The engineering, architect and sales wings of the MC were involved. They shared their comments and suggestions. The matter will be discussed at a higher level and subsequently with the planning department of the Chandigarh administration for the final go-ahead to provide facilities to develop a model retail area.
“The MC has already prepared a detailed development plan for 15 new vending areas to relocate approximately 1,100 registered street vendors by moving their existing non-viable sites to the new locations. The authority wants these new sites to be free from all the problems sellers currently face in existing areas. It is more important also because the MC plans to convert the sites into model sites for the benefit of customers and suppliers,” an official said.
The new sales areas have been identified in sectors 19, 20, 24, 41, 45 and 52, Ram Darbar, Manimajra and Mauli Jagran. Maximum vendors will be relocated to Ram Darbar, Manimajra Mauli Jagran, all densely populated.
With the development of retail areas being one of the civic body’s top priorities, City Commissioner Anindita Mitra at the MC’s special budget meeting held earlier this month, informed the house of the special amount to develop only sales sites.