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Delhi street vendors not sold on new regulations

Street hawkers in India's capital are worried about new regulations on their activity. (Phuong D. Nguyen /

Delhi’s street vendors are skeptical about new regulations the city says are designed to help them, Faiz Jamil reports for Al Jazeera.

There are an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 street hawkers in India’s capital. Many of them wander through traffic on foot at stoplights, or spread their goods out on blankets along roads. Advocates insist the vendors provide an important public service by selling inexpensive goods in areas with few low-cost retail options. Government officials say the vendors need to be reined in.

The last time that such policies were adopted, vendors faced steep fines and limits on cooking outdoors, Jamil reports. Associations representing these workers fear that the new regulations — which have not been released — could be worse.

Meanwhile, the Gulf News reports here that sidewalk vendors throughout India face many challenges, including extortion demands by police and local thugs.  


Al Jazeera

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