New Delhi: Under the Delhi Master Plan 2021, plans are afoot to impose a blanket ban on street vendors near embassies, Supreme Court, High Court and Connaught Place. Due to high frequency of VIP movement in these areas and the subsequent security concerns, the move to remove street vendors from the aforesaid areas in being initiated.

The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) are engaged in finalising the Vendor Policy under Delhi Master Plan 2021. Both the bodies have to submit the draft to Supreme Court on June 30.

MCD has to issue licences to around one lakh shanty shops and officials are engaged in marking spaces for them. Whereas, NDMC has drafted a blueprint for providing 1, 900 licences to shops under its jurisdiction.

While sanctioning the licences, widows, physically handicap, senior citizens and displaced Kashmiris will be given priority.

According to NDMC spokesperson Anand Tiwary, people requesting for licences should have a residential proof of Delhi.

After Supreme Court directed all local bodies to issue licences under Vendor Policy, this is for the first time that NDMC will cancel old and issue new licences.

Under Delhi Master Plan 2021, there is a provision to approve three shanty shops after 10 permanent shops in a commercial area.

JPN/Bureau