Kolkata stands second only to Ahmedabad in having the most street vendors among urban conglomerates with a population of more than 27 million.
A recent National Sam ple Survey Organisation research paper, using data collated between July 2010 and June 2011, puts Kolkata’s figures ahead of Delhi’s and Greater Mumbai’s. It also says that street vendors in Kolkata are nearly 1.56% of its total urban populace. The paper says it arrived at the numbers after combining the “industry of activity and location of activity“.
But the NSSO numbers -59,529 for Kolkata -fall substantially short of local estimates, which peg the figure at nearly 4.5 lakh in the city alone. Kolkata Municipal Corporation, which had been issuing forms to enrol street vendors (a move that has hit a legal road block), has already received applications in excess of 2 lakh.
Beyond the usual numbers, the paper highlights some interesting facts. It says street vending is seen to be predominantly a male activity. Combining part-time and full-time workers, the percentage of females is nearly 12.7% -the share in the rural sector being 12.1%, that in the urban sector 13.4%.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 17-10-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com