Areas around Mumbai’s 111 Metro stations to be hawker-free zones
With five new lines proposed for the city (three of which are already being constructed), close to 111 Metro stations will be built (majorly elevated), making decongestion and streamlining traffic essentialmumbai Updated: Dec 13, 2017 10:45 IST
Even as it continues with its drive to evacuate hawkers from railway stations, religious places, schools and hospitals, officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the upcoming Metro stations will be hawker-free zones.
With five new lines proposed for the city (three of which are already being constructed), close to 111 Metro stations will be built (majorly elevated), making decongestion and streamlining traffic essential for planning authorities.
As part of its drive against hawkers, the civic body has restricted hawking to designated zones and not within 150m of railway stations. The same rule will also apply to Metro stations as the space under the elevated stations can be encroached upon by vendors causing trouble to commuters.
According to the Supreme Court (SC) order’s in 2009, hawking will not be permitted within 100m of any place of worship, holy shrine, educational institution and hospital and within 150m of any municipal or other markets or any railway stations.
A senior civic official said, “After 2009, the Metro stations also fall under the Railway Act, which prohibits hawking under its section 144 and makes vendors liable for punishment.”
In 2014 too, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), along with the BMC, undertook a drive to decongest access ways and stations premises. The Metro station premises, termed ‘influence zone’, restrict parking vehicles within a distance of 100m.
The largest crackdown on illegal hawkers in the city began after the September 29 stampede at Elphinstone Road railway station that claimed 23 lives. Following the tragedy, the BMC, along with railway authorities, started the drive to remove hawkers from foot overbridges, areas outside railway stations for smooth movement of pedestrians. Both the authorities also demarcated the railway and civic body’s areas outside stations.