The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has appointed a Patna-based non governmental organisation, Sammaan Foundation, to survey and identify street vendors presently doing business on the streets of Ranchi. This bodes well for hawkers awaiting a concrete step towards getting the vending zones they were promised some two years ago.
On orders from Urban Development Department, the name of the agency was finalised in a meeting chaired by RMC Municipal Commissioner Prashant Kumar with constituent members of the now defunct Town Vending Committee (TVC) and representatives of street vendor associations. Representatives of the agency displayed a presentation regarding strategies for this project.
A team of surveyors from the nominated agency inspected Main Road on Monday morning to begin the survey. The survey will begin the earliest from Saturday, informed Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Kumar.
The street vendors have been asked to carry copies of their Aadhar cards for the sake of identification. The hawkers who will be certified in this survey will be issued digital identity cards by Sammaan Foundation. The survey is estimated to cover around 45,000 street vendors from all over the city, with the entire process to be completed by April this year.