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Green Vending Zones: Bhubaneswar

To address the issue of street vendors encroaching upon public spaces, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified underutilised spaces in the city to develop green vending zones with private sector partnership. These vendors previously used incandescent bulbs or tube lights or used to burn kerosene lamps for lighting during the evening, creating a huge carbon footprint. This was reduced by encouraging the hawkers to switch to CFLs for lighting. This not only reduced the carbon emissions but also helped the vendors since more customers were attracted to the better lit wares. From 3,500 CFLs in 2008, the numbers increased to 10,000 in 2011. This collectively saved 689.28 tonnes of CO2 in 2008, 984.68 tonnes in 2009, and 1406.69 tonnes in 2010.

Creating such vending zones has helped to reduce pollution and emissions and also helped in reducing traffic congestion for better city mobility.