Following a week of eviction drives against hawkers, the city’s roads looked clearer than usual on Friday.
Satyapal Singh, Mumbai police commissioner said, “More than 4,500 hawkers have been evicted from city roads over the last three days.” The drive, which took place in Bandra, Andheri, Vile Parle, Juhu, Dadar and Chembur, has brought much-needed relief to residents.
More than 2,500 hawkers were evicted from areas between Bandra and Juhu in the last four days,” said ACP Vishwas Nangre-Patil. “It will be a continuous effort to keep hawkers away permanently. A special squad has been formed to formulate encroachment-removal programs.”
On Friday morning, the foot overbridge at Dadar station looked wide and clean. Commuters said that hawkers on the bridge would obstruct movement and created a nuisance.
“The menace of hawkers had forced me to stop using this bridge. We welcome the decision and hope that it remains this way permanently,” said Suman Doiphode, Dombivli resident, who travels to work via Dadar.
Vigilance by the municipal corporation’s encroachment-removal department helped keep hawkers away from outside Dadar station and the near flower market.
Areas such as Hill Road, Linking Road, Andheri and Vile Parle also saw very few hawkers.