The Andheri ‘K’ West civic ward office held a meeting on Saturday to consider measures to deal with the hawkers’ menace at Andheri station area, SV road and the surrounding region.
The meeting was attended by 20 representatives from local advanced locality management (ALMs) and Andheri shopkeepers welfare association.
The measures discussed include stringent anti-encroachment drives consecutively for the next couple of days in co-ordination with the police to ensure hawkers don’t return and to start ‘footpath adoption policy’.
“In the adoption policy, the shopkeepers will be given footpath space in front of their shops for adoption, which will give them legal status to safeguard it from encroachers. A similar policy was implemented in Dadar during 2001-03, which helped in dealing with hawkers effectively,” said Ramesh Pawar, ‘K’ West ward officer.
The office is also considering permitting Andheri shopkeepers welfare association to maintain and beautify the footpath and appoint security guards for removing the encroachers.
“We have conducted several drives but the encroachers return sooner or later. We have to look for some permanent solution,” added Pawar.
Representatives of Lallubhai Park ALM, Cama Park Lane ALM, Vile Parle residents’ ALM, Andheri shopkeepers welfare association and Andheri Goathan Lane attended the meeting.
“We are ready to accept the adoption policy and maintain and beautify the footpaths provided the civic authorities keep the Andheri station area, SV Road and surrounding area hawker-free for at least three months,” said Vinod Shah, member of Andheri shopkeepers welfare association.