The Bombay high court on Monday asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) not to issue licenses for new stalls along the Gulmohar Road in Juhu, where Mithibai College and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies are located.
It was brought to the notice of the court that several public call offices (PCO) are selling cigarettes right outside one of the colleges.
A division bench of justice AS Oka and justice CV Badang was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Shri Vile Parle Kelvani Mandal, which stated there are illegal hawking establishments operating in the area.
Such stalls are banned within a 100-m radius of educational institutions.
Advocate NV Thorat, appearing for the petitioner, said the entrance to one of the colleges is close to a stall.
“They can’t open their gates. A PCO stall is selling cigarettes and food items. In fact, the fence to protect the pavement has been broken down,” he said.
The court has also asked for notices to be served to hawkers in the area. The matter will next be heard on July 7.