AMC Provides Rehabilitation to Street Vendors in Ahmedabad Following Protests Against Eviction

Reported by

Aditi Patil

Published on

August 8, 2018

August 8, 2018

Updated on

August 8, 2018

Location of Conflict

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Encroachment by Non-Right Holders (Other than Caste-based)

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People Affected by Conflict

5000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

48

ha

Starting Year

2018

State

Gujarat

Sector

Land Use

In 2018, thousands of street vendors lost their livelihood during a drive to remove encroachments on the roadside in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. On August 02 the same year, street vendors and hawkers in Ahmedabad took out a rally from Townhall to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) office to protest the loss of their livelihood. An independent MLA, Jignesh Mevani, also extended his support to the protests. As per a news report, the administration directed the vendors to not operate their stalls on the main roads and roads with a width of 24 meters or more. During the protests, the affected persons met with the municipal commissioner to state their demand for an alternative location to continue with their businesses. Protesters, with the support of the civil society organisations, also demanded proper implementation of the National Hawkers Policy, 2009, and the Street Vendors (protection of livelihood and regulation of street vending) Act, 2014. Reportedly, the protests ended after the commissioner gave assurance to provide licences and identity cards to the affected hawkers. The Gujarat Unorganised Workers Congress supported the protests and demanded protection for the livelihoods of the street vendors and hawkers. They also stated their opposition to the larger antiencroachment drive in the state, which would severely affect the informal sector. Subsequently, on August 16, 2018, AMC started the process of identifying plots to rehabilitate the removed hawkers and street vendors. They decided to survey the same. According to a news report, the corporation has chalked out a plan to categorise the space. They also planned to complete the survey by August 31. Meanwhile, the commissioner also directed the officials to practice restraint in removing hawkers.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for rehabilitation

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other, Central/State Government Policy

Legislations/Policies Involved

Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014
Section 3 [Protection of vendors from unlawful relocation or eviction and provision to accommodate them in vending zones]; Section 4 [Issuance of certificate of vending]; Section 6 [Issuance of identity cards]; Section 18 [Relocation of street vendors from no-vending zones with 30 days' notice.]
National Policy on Urban Street Vendors, 2009
Para 4.1.1 [Demarcation of vending zones]; Para 4.2.1 [Issue of ID cards to vendors]; Para 5 [No forceful evictions, minimum 30 days' notice to be provided where relocation is necessary.]
Indian Penal Code, 1860
Section 283 [Punishment for creating danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation.]
Gujarat Police Act, 1951
Section 102 [No person shall cause obstruction in any street, or public place by setting out anything for sale in or upon any stall, booth, board, cask or basket.]
Gujarat Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Scheme, 2018
Chapters II, III and VII [Manner of conducting survey of vendors; Issuance of certificate of vending and ID cards; Relocation and eviction of street vendors.]
Gujarat Provincial Municipal Corporations Act, 1949
Section 229 [Prohibition of structures or fixtures which cause obstruction in streets.]
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Forced evictions/dispossession of land

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Gujarat High Court

Case Number

C/SCA/3051/2019

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Gujarat Unorganized Workers Congress

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