In a bid to ease traffic congestion by unclogging the busy roads at Tripunithura, the municipality has decided to evict and rehabilitate the street vendors in the area.
The authorities will evict the encroachments on the footpaths which is a long-pending demand of the residents.
Tripunithura Municipal Chairman R Venugopal said a committee that includes various government departments officials, including that of Revenue and Public Works Department (PWD), has been formed to prepare a detailed report for implementing the rehabilitation project.
“A draft will be prepared with the help of ward councillors. The members will be asked to suggest suitable land for rehabilitating the street vendors in their respective area,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to sources, the local body has directed the street vendors in the area to stop their business within February 16. “People are unable to use the footpaths due to the illegal encroachments. As part of the initiative, the area will be divided into red zone and yellow zone. As of now, the stretches from Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple to East Fort and Private Bus Stand to Statue junction have been included in the red zone. Street vendors will be prohibited in the red zone,” they said.
The municipal authorities have also decided to submit a detailed project report to the state government to avail a total of `10 crore under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme for protecting the rivers in the area.