|Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon holds a meeting with hawker leaders on Wednesday (January 11, 2017)|
Dhaka: Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Wednesday said that hawkers will not be allowed to sit with their goods in Gulistan and adjacent areas on workdays.
“The decision was taken to facilitate unhindered movement of the city dwellers,” he said.
The DSCC mayor came up with the announcement after a meeting with hawker leaders at Nagar Bhaban in Dhaka around 12:10pm.
The decision will be under effect from next Sunday as a city corporation magistrate with assistance from Dhaka Metropolitan Police will take action against those who will sit on the street, he added.
However, the hawkers will be allowed to do business from 6:30pm onwards on working days, the meeting decided.
“A list of the hawkers was 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,” Khokon said.
The mayor also assured that legal steps against linemen, who extort hawkers, will be taken soon.
Police have been requested to take necessary steps in this regard, he added.
Welcoming the steps, the hawker leaders said they appreciate the process of rehabilitation.
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