While directing the removal of unauthorized hawkers and vendors from Connaught Place (CP) here, the Delhi High Court said that the failure of the authorities to remove hawkers and vendors from areas where the sale of goods is prohibited has a healthy and clean environment and citizens. has a “very bad and adverse” effect on the right to life. The court asked officials of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Delhi Police to ensure strict compliance of the plan and orders approved by the Supreme Court regarding unauthorized encroachments.
A bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh said the law must prevail and the court cannot allow illegal encroachers or vendors to take over the city. The bench said they should not be tolerated at all and all unauthorized hawkers and vendors should be removed along with their bags and beds. The court ordered removal of illegal encroachers and vendors in the CP area. He directed the authorities to ensure that the encroachers do not return.
The court directed the chairman of NDMC and the executive engineers concerned, the deputy commissioner of police and the in-charge of the local police station to be present before the court on November 18. NDMC has jurisdiction in CP. The bench said, “NDMC and Delhi Police may file a status report on the steps taken by them and these steps should be taken not only to remove the encroachment but also to ensure that the illegal encroachers and vendors are returned.” Do not return NDMC should put up permanent boards in the entire Rajiv Chowk and Indira Chowk areas, stating that this area is restricted for hawkers and vendors.
The ‘New Delhi Traders Association’, representing shop owners in Connaught Place, has filed a petition urging them to direct the authorities to ensure that hawkers and vendors in CP and Connaught Circus are removed from the areas where their Sale is prohibited. “Such failure of the authorities to discharge their duty has a very serious and adverse impact on the rights of the residents of the city including the right to life,” the court said. The right to life also includes the right to a healthy and clean environment.