The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) will soon monitor street vendors through global positioning system (GPS) devices to tackle traffic jams they cause because of their haphazard movements on streets, civic body officials said on Wednesday.
The GPS is a space-based navigation system that provides information to users about location and time on the earth under the glare of satellites.
“The municipal corporation will give biometric cards to street vendors in Jaipur at the time of issuance of licence. A GPS microchip will be installed inside the biometric card through which we will be able to track their movements,” said Ramesh Chandra Agrawal, deputy commissioner, JMC.
More than 60,000 street vendors operate in Jaipur, said officials overseeing works under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NLUM) project. Most of the vendors move on streets in cycle rickshaws, often disrupting traffic flow. Street vendors causing traffic jams is more pronounced in the narrow lanes of the Walled City.
“Different areas will be earmarked for street vendors in the city, where they will operate. As a result, there won’t be any scope for confrontation among street vendors about the area where they will set up their stalls,” said Agrawal.
“Different zones in the city will be identified as vending or non-vending zones and holding capacity of each vending zone will be decided,” said an official.
Tenders were invited for the `2-crore project in February and technical bids opened in March-end, the official said. “Once the contractor is selected, JMC aims to complete the project in nine months.”
The GPS monitoring will ensure that a street vendor doesn’t stray from the area assigned to him and the civic body will get to know about violations, officials said.
Traffic police officials said the project would help them manage the increasing vehicular load on roads.
“People face problems because of street vendors occupying roads. If such a system is implemented, it will reduce workload on traffic police,” said Haider Ali Zaidi, DCP (traffic). “With prior information about movement of vendors, traffic in the city can be regulated in a more effective way,” he said.