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Mumbai CST to soon be hawker free, as BMC issues 48 hrs notice


Mumbaikars will soon find Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), the only railway station from Maharashtra that has made it to the top 10 iconic locations selected under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, clean and hawkers-free.

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The BMC has sent a 48-hours notice to 36 hawkers outside the CST station to shift to Walchand Hirachand road in Fort area. BMC submitted the beautification plan of CST to Centre, as a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on 30 September.

“Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan places like Vaishnow Devi, Taj Mahal, Ajmer Sharif Dargah and Mumbai’s CST station has been selected. We submitted the plan of beautification of CST station to Centre and they approved it,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of ‘A’ ward.

“We have issued notice to 36 hawkers to move their pitches to a stretch on Walchand Marg within next 48 hours. Apart from clearing the area, we will also maker footpaths more disabled-friendly”, Dighavkar further said.

One of the iconic locations selected by the Central government, the Mumbai CST railway station is also one of the UNESCO heritage site and now is set to undergo a makeover in the next one year. Presently, the cleaning at the CST station happens in two shifts but later the staff will remain there to clean the area for 24-hours.

BMC’s beautification plan…

BMC’s revamp plan includes a viewing gallery (space to click snaps for tourists), paint the general post office wall on St. George lane. The civic body also plans to install uniform railing, repaint the foot-over bridge, adding blocks at the northern end of CST. BMC will clear the 50km area from CST station and will be tourist friendly.

The civic body is also planning to replace the paver blocks on the footpaths outside Hutatma Chowk, Asiatic Society, Dadabhai Naroji Marg in Fort, St Thomas Cathedral and Churchgate station to cobblestone.