ROURKELA : With the dual aim of rehabilitation of street vendors and free roads and footpaths from encroachment, the Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) has begun a survey. The vendors will be rehabilitated under National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).
Rourkela continues to face traffic congestion and the situation aggravates further with street vendors occupying roads and footpaths. Earlier, in 2015-16, a survey by the RMC had found 4,773 street vendors.
Their rehabilitation and creation of vending zones remains a tough task in the wake of the RMC having no land. RMC sources said job for enumeration of street vendors under NULM has been entrusted to Delhi-based NF Infratech Services and the private agency kicked off survey a fortnight back. It would submit its report in three months.
RMC Commissioner AK Mallick said the survey is being conducted through GPS mapping and personal details of street vendors, including their Aadhaar numbers and other relevant information, are being collected. Subsequently, they would be covered under welfare schemes and accommodated at separate vending zones.
He said after completion of the survey, a detailed report would be submitted to the State Government to work out a rehabilitation plan.