Gurgaon: In order to recover dues to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore from the street-vending agencies, the MCG commissioner has instructed the deputy municipal commissioner (DMC) to do the needful, including lodging of FIRs against the defaulters. The commissioner has asked his deputy to also submit a report within seven days on the irregularities in the street-vending policy of the city as pointed out by councillors.
A meeting of the town vending committee with the participation of councillors and MCG officials will also be called next week, in which the latter will be authorised to take action. The decision was taken at the MCG House meeting held on March 18.
The civic body had issued a work order of 3,452 street-vending carts, however, only 1,620 of them were found to be operational in the city. The vending agencies appointed by MCG have been charging Rs 1,500 each from these carts a month, of which Rs 1,000 goes to the agency and Rs 500 to MCG. According to the records, the estimated recovery should have been Rs 1.79 crore, however, MCG has received Rs 31.51 lakh.
“The MCG should have received Rs 1.79 crore but has only received Rs 31.51 lakh from the street vendors. Where has all this money gone? There should be a proper investigation of the matter and the officials involved in it should also be penalised,” said Anoop Singh, councillor of ward number 6.
Councillor of ward number 15, Seem Pahuja, also said officials involved in this alleged “fraud” should be punished.