Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon said no hawker would be allowed to sit in Gulistan area on working days and daytime. The decision was taken at a meeting with leaders from hawkers' association, local public representatives and law enforcers yesterday. Khokon said, "No seller will be allowed on footpaths and streets before 6:30pm on working days, beginning Sunday. There will be no obstruction for cars and pedestrians."
However, the hawkers can sell goods throughout the day on holidays. This measure is for Gulistan, Motijheel, Paltan, Zero Point and Baitul Mukarram. "In the meantime, a list of hawkers, who sit in those areas, has been prepared and identity cards will be provided to them," said the mayor adding, "If the hawkers want to change their profession, they will get the necessary support."
"We'll try our best to make it effective from next week's Sunday. Dhaka Metropolitan Police will provide full assistance."
The mayor also promised to take legal measures against linemen who are often accused of extorting hawkers. "We have a list of these offenders. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police is in charge of implementing the measures."
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