The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has received 323 suggestions and objections from citizens on its policy on hawkers.
The suggestions will be scrutinised and categorised into sub-sections.
Mayor Shraddha Jadhav has promised the citizens a hearing.
“Once the hearing takes place, based on the merits of the suggestions, we will make necessary inclusions and deletions in the policy,” said Shantaram S. Kudalkar, deputy municipal commissioner (Hawkers’ Regulation).
Most citizens voiced concerns about how the civic body will implement the policy and that whether non-hawking zones will be protected from encroachments.
Some citizens have also objected to the opening up of more public spaces for hawking.
The new draft of the policy will then be sent to the Law committee.
After its approval it will come to the BMC’s general body meeting. Once passed, it will be sent to the state government for its notification. “It will take at least three months,” Kudalkar added.
Following the Supreme Court’s directive in 2007, the new policy, has been drafted on the guidelines of the National policy on street vendors.
The policy aims to demarcate hawking and non-hawking zones to accommodating more hawkers.
The BMC’s current plan aims at relocating 22,097 licensed hawkers in the city on 250 roads identified as hawking zones. This excludes more than 4 lakh unlicensed hawkers, with no stalls or pitches.
The policy includes steps to make way for food plazas to be set up at public places such as railway stations, bus stops, schools, colleges and cinema halls where there will be fixed food stalls. It also proposes night time food courts and weekly bazaars.
Hawkers will be allowed to set up shop after 8 pm and keep them open until midnight.
Certain areas in the island city will be selected to set up food courts only on weekends and public holidays.