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Hawkers jostle for space, citizens, NGOs for their say in new policy

mumbai Updated: Mar 15, 2015 00:03 IST
Poorvi Kulkarni
Poorvi Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
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With stiff opposition from all quarters, hawkers as well as the civic town-vending committee want the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to publish a ward-wise list of proposed hawking zones and spot for each hawker (pitches).

In a bid to regulate hawking in the city, the BMC has proposed to demarcate 70,000 hawking pitches across the 1,049 hawking zones in all 24 wards of the city. The civic body also plans to earmark 2,074 no-hawking and 136 restricted hawking zones. While some residents have alleged the zones are proposed in congested areas, hawkers allege some of them have been missed out.

“The list should be put up in the public domain and suggestions and objections must be invited. Citizens’ say should be obtained through a formal process. The feedback, once received, should be put up before the committee, so that valid concerns get reviewed and addressed,” said Ashit Shroff, member of AGNI and the town-vending committee, which is headed by the civic chief and has representation from hawkers’ associations, resident welfare associations and NGOs.

The section 4 of the BMC’s guidelines on regulation of street vending business in Mumbai, too, makes it mandatory to publish the list of sites demarcated for stationary and moving hawkers on the BMC’s website.

Sayyad Haider Imam, another member of the committee and general secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress, said, “The method used to demarcate the zones is in contravention of the Street Vendors Act as well as the 2009 National Policy on Urban Street Vendors.”

HT had reported on Saturday how the civic body’s survey of roads and their demarcation for hawking was in breach of legal provisions.

According to the law, every town-vending committee must have 40% representation from hawkers’ associations, 20% from resident welfare associations and 20% from NGOs and traders’ associations.

But, the survey was allegedly conducted by committees that do not have members from hawkers’ and resident welfare associations.

Some members of the committee have alleged they were not informed about the process and no meeting of the committee was held since July last year.