Meghalaya : Khasi Hills District Council bans non-tribal hawkers from Monday

A fruit shop shop en route to Shillong, Meghalaya,Representational image credit : age fotostock

Shillong (Meghalaya),Oct 11: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has banned hawking by non-tribals in all areas under the jurisdiction of the council.

In an order issued here, the KHADC said that no non-tribal hawker would be allowed to operate from October 14 onwards.

“It has come to the notice of the executive committee of KHADC that many non-tribals are in the business of hawking in the areas within the jurisdiction of the council especially Shillong city,” the KHADC said.

The KHADC order also said prohibited all hawking on footpaths, public roads, street corners etc.

It also said that hawking that is being carried out is illegal, unhygienic and a cause of inconvenience to the general public.

“Any violator will be penalised as per provisions of the United Khasi Jaintia Hills District (Trading by Non-Tribals) Regulation 1954,” the council said.

It may be noted that hawkers have occupied all spaces on footpaths of the city making it difficult for pedestrians to walk.

The footpaths that have been occupied by hawkers include Motphran, GS Road, Jeep Stand Road, Iew Mawlong, Khyndai Lad, Civil Hospital Road, Polo, Laitumkhrah and others.

Most of these footpaths have been occupied by hawkers from all communities even as city residents felt that the authorities should enforce the law to ensure that pedestrians were not inconvenienced in any manner.

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