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Uniform for smart city street vendors in Odisha capital

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Bhubaneswar: As part of the initiatives for the development of smart city in Odisha capital, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to provide uniform for the street vendors.

The uniform — yellow shirt with yellow apron, traditional cotton cloth on hand and turban on head — designed by the BMC will add the smart look to the street vendors in the smart city.

While BMC is planning for rehabilitating the street vendors in the smart city, a national level competition was held for designing special uniform for them. Around 87 persons from across the country had participated in the competition for designing different clothes for the smart city vendors.

The designs were selected by a special jury committee. While the design by Proshish Golyan from Bhubaneswar secured the top rank in the list, Shamik Sarkar’s design from Delhi was second and design by Swagat Suvankar from Bhubaneswar was ranked third. They will be awarded with cash prize of Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively at BMC’s special council meeting scheduled on July 31, sources in the BMC said.

Around 22,000 street vendors under BMC will be rehabilitated. Currently, the street vendors of smart district region will wear the uniform. The uniform will be introduced to other urban regions of the State. All the registered vendors will have to wear the uniform and later they will be issued the identity card.

Notably, the civic body had invited submission of design entries for the uniform design competition, organised by BMC in association with Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) on February 10 th , this year and the closing date for submission of entries was April 15 th .

Interestingly, Bhubaneswar was perhaps the foremost city of the country to adopt an organised vending zone concept, which helped in providing a beautiful ambiance for the city. Though designer uniforms, it was envisioned to enable the street vendors put up a smart show, both in their businessesas well as making the streets colourful.

The street vendor uniform design competition was launched as an initiative of BMC, as part of street vendor rehabilitation project. The competition invited design ideas from the citizens as well as professionals regarding the street vendor uniform providing them an opportunity to be part of Smart City development process. The uniforms were intended to be worn by all the registered street vendors to bring uniformity and regulation in street vending.

The competition was promoted extensively online through social media platforms Facebook and Twitter along with offline promotions through presentation sessions and workshops at various colleges and institutions in Bhubaneswar including BK College of Art and Crafts, NIFT Bhubaneswar etc. Display posters were also put at key institutions in design, architecture and fashion designing, including NIFT Bhubaneswar, BK College of Art & Crafts, JD Institute of Fashion Technology, KIIT School of Fashion Designing, CET etc. Besides, competition poster was displayed on Smartnet website managed by National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and emailers on the competition were also shared with over 30 leading design and fashion design institutes across India for optimizing participation.

A special interactive session was also conducted with around 40 street vendors in Saheed Nagar area to understand their requirements apart from encouraging them to participate in the competition.

Several queries regarding the competition were received through e-mail, faceboook comments and in person at offices of city agencies BDA, BSCL and BMC. Design entries were received via email and Facebook application.

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