Mumbai: BMC lists 1,049 hawking zones, faces heat over ‘flawed’ process
Eight months after it started registering hawkers in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with a list of proposed hawking and no-hawking zones.mumbai Updated: Mar 13, 2015 22:49 IST
Eight months after it started registering hawkers in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with a list of proposed hawking and no-hawking zones.
While 1,049 zones and around 70,000 spots in the city have been proposed for hawkers, the list is already facing heat.
Residents of A ward have claimed the BMC has allocated space to vendors in congested area, while traders’ associations say the spots are not enough.
The proposed list will be placed before the civic town vending committee for approval, but members are already opposing it, saying the BMC’s survey flouted provisions of The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
While the Act mandates vending zones for 2.5% of the city’s population, the BMC has proposed only 70,000 pitches. This will create a livelihood problem for hawkers, and may mean more unregistered vendors in the city.
Sayyad Haider Imam, member, town vending committee and general secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress, said: “The registration drive was flawed as a lot of bogus entries were made. Genuine hawkers were left out. A HC order last year stayed the BMC’s survey, but it still went ahead with the exercise.”
The surveys and designation of roads was carried out by ward vending committees, which had no representation from hawkers’ associations and resident welfare associations, as stated in the act.
A town vending committee member said he wrote to civic chief Sitaram Kunte several times on the matter, but received no response. The BMC has proposed a new concept, where hawkers will be allowed to operate on specific days and time slots.
“We have tried to achieve equilibrium between the rights of pedestrians and hawkers. The same spot can be used by many hawkers in a day by taking turns,” said BG Pawar, deputy chief, removal of encroachments, BMC.