Company plans vending areas to decongest busy areas of Coimbatore city

In order to decongest busy areas of the city, the civic body plans to set up dedicated sales areas in the city’s five zones.

The company’s commissioner, Mr. Prathap, said The Hindu that the Company planned to carry out a preliminary feasibility study to decongest the busy areas of the city. “Places such as City Hall, Ukkadam and Ramanathapuram would be given preferential consideration,” he said.

The commissioner said the civic body plans to work with traffic police to identify possible areas where vending areas could be created. Greater Chennai Corporation and a few other corporations in the country have established successful sales areas.

The Company has launched a new tender to conduct a survey of street vendors and develop a city street vending plan and detailed implementation plan (DIP) under the support program to urban street vendors from the National Urban Livelihood Mission.

SM Ubaidu Rahman, chairman of the Coimbatore Street Vendors’ Committee, said 10 such places had been identified by the local body in 2020. “Because of COVID-19, we were unable to go further” , he added.

The Company has conducted surveys to create sales areas earlier. The city’s street vendors demanded new investigations and demarcations because the previous one had been made to favor the few, they claimed.

Mr. Rahman also said, “If the Company could create 10 sales areas, two in each area, it would provide huge marketing opportunities in the city. Vending areas would become a centralized hub to purchase all materials and benefit both vendors and consumers.

The Company had issued bilingual ID cards to 6,169 street vendors in the city since 2016 and acknowledgments to 17,815 vendors who sold fruits and vegetables on hand carts.

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