Hawkers of Gulistan will keep off from the streets during office hours, a joint meeting between city corporation authorities and hawker leaders decided today.
“It is being done to facilitate smooth movement of city dwellers,” Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Saeed Khokon told reporters after the meeting.
The decision will take effect from Sunday next week as a city corporation magistrate and police will take action against those who will sit on the street, he added.
As per the decision, hawkers will start business from 6:30pm on working days. On holidays, they will be allowed to start business from early morning.
“We appreciate the concept of holiday markets where the hawkers will be allowed to run their business without hassle,” said MA Kashem, president of Bangladesh Hawkers' Federation.
“A list of 2,500 hawkers has been prepared and they will get identity cards. They will also get assistance if they want to change their profession. The government will arrange suitable jobs for them,” Mayor Khokon said.
The mayor also assured legal steps against linemen, who extort hawkers. Police have been requested to take necessary steps in this regard, Khokon added.
Hawker leaders lauded the government’s initiative to arrange rehabilitation for them.