Puducherry Smart City Project Set to Displace Street Vendors
The transformation of Puducherry into a Smart City is taking a heavy toll on the famous Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road street vendors. They are set to be relocated under the city’s development project, however, the provisions mentioned in the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 are not being offered to them. Meanwhile, the Puducherry Municipality has outsourced the daily rent collection to private hands and the vendors are now being harassed by thugs to pay more than the fixed rates.
NewsClick visited the market and interacted with the street vendors.
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