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Bandra now goes after hawkers during Ramzan

All fired up from their recent agitation against hawkers during Bandra’s Mount Mary Fair, locals in Bandra-Khar have now trained their guns on the hawker menace during Ramzan.

mumbai Updated: Aug 28, 2010 01:19 IST
Kunal Purohit

All fired up from their recent agitation against hawkers during Bandra’s Mount Mary Fair, locals in Bandra-Khar have now trained their guns on the hawker menace during Ramzan.

Calling it a nuisance, locals have now launched an initiative to ensure the civic body and local police step in and take action against illegal ‘outsider’ hawkers. They will be approaching the local Khar police station on Saturday.

Launching a crusade to reinforce their opinion, Bandraiites, on Friday, conducted a signature campaign, enlisting the support of locals and citizens’ groups in the area, to ensure the nuisance caused to locals due to hawkers is reduced.

Aftab Siddiqui, chairperson, 33rd Road ALM, said, “Areas like Old Khar face a lot of inconvenience because hawkers from places like Jogeshwari, Mira-Bhayandar, etc, descend on these localities and create civic chaos.”

Siddiqui said the problem had deteriorated in the past two years. “These people have huge fights in the rush to find a better place on the road. Also, complaints regarding eve-teasing go up during this period.”

Another resident of Khar village, Bonaventure Gigool, said, “The chaos on the streets, thanks to the noise and the loud calls of these hawkers, is on till 2 am.”

A few days ago, residents of Mount Mary Road, in Bandra (W), were up in arms against the landmark annual Mount Mary Fair, claiming it was inconveniencing locals. Protesting against the fair, they had even moved the high court, holding the civic body responsible for the inconvenience.

Abdul Shaikh (57), a hawker who sells dates near Khar Masjid said, “We have been here for years, taking all precautions to ensure no one is inconvenienced. How can these people suddenly start complaining about us?”

Shaikh added, “Hawkers who come here during Ramzan don’t have BMC permits. But, these few days are a chance for us to make a decent living. Can’t resident bear with us for a few days?”