The civic body will outsource the work and will empanel agencies to hold a comprehensive trade licence survey

With a view to generate a precise picture of trading activity and to determine the actual number of traders operating in the city, the GHMC will conduct an exhaustive survey.

Interestingly, the civic body will empanel agencies to hold a comprehensive trade licence survey, which will begin once the agencies are zeroed in on. The initiative is expected to go a long way in streamlining the trade licence section.

“There could be several traders operating without licence and many others with license, but have folded up the business. This survey will fill in these gaps and enable us to understand the activity better,” an official said. The enumeration will cover circles four, five, seven, eight, nine, 10 and 18. “Last year, we carried out a survey of the peripheral areas employing our staff, but there are some issues in the erstwhile MCH areas, which will be addressed during the present exercise. The focus is on the Central Zone and parts of the South Zone,” L. Vandan Kumar, Additional Commissioner (Health & Sanitation), said. The decision follows the Lokayukta’s directive to the municipal body to complete the survey by Dec. 30.

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