After receiving objections, opposition from corporators and pressure from citizens groups, the BMC has finally come out with a final list of hawking zones. In what can be called a good news for South Mumbai, the BMC has designated only 16 roads, with 2,463 pitches, in A ward as hawking zones.
According to Mumbai Mirror, the final list of hawking zones, submitted by the BMC at a town vending committee (TVC) meeting last week, Bombay Gymkhana lane, Ballard Pier Road, Old Customs House and Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, whose inclusion in the first draft had sparked an outrage, find no mention. The club has had a long-standing dispute with the BMC over parking space for members on the same footpath. The BMC had marked the stretch for hawkers.
Even residents of Bandra have things to cheer up for, the Hill Road in Bandra West has also been dropped from the list. The Hill Road which has been illegally taken over by hawkers has been officially earmarked as a hawking zone by the BMC. The BMC’s hawking zones list, which had 85,891 hawking pitches in 2015, had faced strong opposition from corporators across party lines, who demanded scrapping of this list. And since then, it was in debates and objections, but in November 2017, the civic body republished the same list without changes and received the same objections again.
What is TVC committee?
The TVC committee has 20 members and is headed by BMC chief Ajoy Mehta. The members comprise representatives of NGOs, civic officials and eight members from hawkers’ unions. According to the new Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act, the BMC formed the TVC after a government directive. The rule states that the TVC must survey street vendors, issue them vending certificates and ensure their relocation.