Coming soon: Technology driven smart vending zones
21: Come June, Srinagar city will be
free from the street vendors.
Jammu and Kashmir
government has identified five technology driven smart vending zones to
rehabilitate 3000 street vendors.
occupied a sizeable space in major markets of the city including Batamaloo,
Dalgate, Jehangir Chowk, Polo View, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Qamarwari,
Parimpora, Hazratbal, Kak Sarai Karan Nagar and other areas of downtown.
Srinagar district administration in collaboration with Srinagar Municipal
Corporation (SMC) had identified five vending zones to rehabilitate around 3000
registered street vendors.
Magarmal Bagh, Sector 6 Batamaloo, Sector 5 Dandarkha Batamaloo, Huzuri Bagh
near Children Park and SRTC Pratap Park were identified for the specified
“We are going to establish smart vending zones
in five identified places. Margarmal Bagh will be a model vending zone,” said
an official of Smart City Limited (SCL).
Report (DPR) has been framed and each smart vending zone will cost around Rs
will cater to 200 vendors. Sector 6 Batamaloo has capacity of accommodating
around 400 vendors. Sector 5 Danderkha Batamaloo will house around 500 vendors
while Hazuri Bagh will cater to 150 vendors and remaining 533 will be
accommodated in SRTC Pratap Park,” the official said.
Of the 380
registered street venders at HSHS, 200 will be accommodated at Magarmal Bagh.
All zones will be
technology driven and customer friendly.
The vending cots will be fitted with GPS, solar panels, inbuilt
refrigerator depending on the vending activity.
The cots will have drinking water facility with LED display boards,
inbuilt organic and inorganic dustbins.
Vending cots will
be colour coded depending upon the vending activity. “For example vendor
selling fruits and veggies will have green color code while vendor selling
garments, electronics, shoe wear and other items will have different colour
coding”, an official said.
Officer Planning, Smart City Limited (SCL), Yawar Hamid said work on Magarmal
Bagh will start soon and the project will be completed in June-July .
“By Geo-tagging them we will have a complete
knowledge if any vendor will shift from the vending zone,” he added.