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Hawking zone near Raj Thackeray’s house in Mumbai: MNS to launch drive against BMC move

MNS leaders will visit housing societies to tell people about the issue and ask them to file objections

mumbai Updated: Jan 17, 2018 16:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Hawking zone,Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
MNS chief Raj Thackeray convened a meeting of his top leaders and office bearers at his residence, Krishnakunj at Shivaji Park in Dadar on Wednesday.(HT FILE)

Unhappy with the demarcation of hawking zones near the residence of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, the MNS is now planning to launch a city-wide drive against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s “faulty planning”.

Raj Thackeray on Wednesday convened a meeting of his top leaders and office bearers at his residence, Krishnakunj at Shivaji Park in Dadar. “The BMC has included even those residential areas where there were no hawkers before. In addition, all the norms have been violated and hawking pitches are allotted as per the whims and fancies of the BMC officials. Now, you should all file objections against this,” said the MNS chief.

MNS leaders and office bearers are irked as the area around their leader’s residence has been tagged as hawking zone by the civic body while his estranged cousin Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s house Matoshree has no such hawking zone. The BMC has demarcated 20 hawking pitches in two lanes near Krishnakunj. The MNS leaders have already accused the Sena, which is ruling the BMC, of indulging in low-level politics by this move.

MNS leader Avinash Abhyankar, while talking to the media, hit out at the BMC for this ill-fated move. “They just marked the hawking zones without applying their minds. If this is implemented, Mumbai will become a hellish place,” said Abhyankar. “It not just Rajsaheb but the entire Shivaji Park area will suffer by this move. Also, this will have city-wide ramifications as the BMC has messed up things.”

MNS leaders will also visit housing societies to make them aware of the issue and ask them to file objections. The party has been aggressive on the hawking issue ever since the Elphinstone Road stampede on September 29. MNS workers had started forcibly evicting hawkers on October 21 near Thane station, after the 15-day deadline that Thackeray had issued to authorities passed. On October 5, Thackeray had led an agitation against the railways and issued an ultimatum that either the Railways evict hawkers, or his party workers would do the deed.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 16:13 IST