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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:47 AM IST

Mumbai: BMC marks first hawking zone at Borivali this year

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Mumbai: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken the first step after a whole year to allot dedicated places for hawkers. The BMC has begun marking hawkers’ spots in the suburban Borivali. It is, as of now, the first and the only place that the BMC has marked the hawking zones.

As of Wednesday, BMC has marked around 600 pitches in Borivali and Gorai, at Bhattad Road, Lokmanya Tilak Road, Chandvarkar Road and Devidas Road. “The zonal committee has sanctioned 2,500 pitches measuring 1×1 metre and hawkers will be allotted these in rotation. Separate pitches will be marked for persons with disabilities as well,” said Ramakant Biradar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, ward.

After the Elphinstone Road stampede, the Encroachment Department of BMC had demarcated a line outside all local train stations to ensure hawkers adhere to the High Court order of not setting up a kiosk within 150 metres radius of the station. Initially there were eviction drives, however, over the last six months, the hawkers returned to their original spots. Hawkers allege, they have not been allotted any space, even though they are eligible. The civic body had identified 89,900 pitches in 1,100 zones to accommodate 99,435 hawkers.

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Civic officials said, the move could well be a step to implementing its hawking policy as well. While the pitches have been approved by the zonal committee, the BMC will need approval from the head committee before hawkers are allotted the space.

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Published on: Thursday, October 04, 2018, 08:52 AM IST
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