INCREASED measures to tackle garbage left behind by unauthorised street vendors in a key governorate have been urged by councillors.
They have called for better co-ordination with authorities to minimise damage to the environment.
Unlicensed vendors operating at ‘pop-up suqs’ were discussed at a Northern Municipal Council weekly meeting.
“We need to organise the sector,” said councillor Abdulla Ashoor.
“Vendors must be shown how to properly dispose of their waste, besides pointing out that they should set up stalls in an open space and not hinder traffic.
“We are keen to support these vendors; most of whom are Bahrainis and this is their only source of income.
“In my area, A’ali, we used to have a market on Sundays on the main road. It caused some traffic issues, so we selected another place for them and everything is going well,” he said.
Showing pictures of the accumulated garbage left behind by the street vendors, councillor Taha Junaid said the streets and public places need to be protected.
“We also have to rid the area of flies and rodents, as well as preserve its appearance.
“We must also limit the damage to storm-water drainage systems as people dump remains of fish, freezers and other refuse.”
Bahrain has witnessed intensified campaigns against illegal street vendors since the beginning of the year. In January, the Southern Municipality removed several roadside stalls in Isa Town based on complaints that they were allegedly contributing to traffic congestion and selling contaminated food.
It followed a decision by the Southern Municipal Council in October last year to ban all street vendors from operating in the area using all means possible, including police force.