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Maharashtra government won’t allow stalls outside railway stations

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the railways have already started to remove hawkers from station premises

mumbai Updated: Dec 12, 2017 22:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the railways have already started to remove hawkers from station premises(FILE)

Following the stampede at Elphinstone Road station that led to death of 23 commuters, the state government has asked the Mumbai civic body to remove all illegal as well as licensed stalls outside suburban railway stations, CM Devendra Fadnavis informed the legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the railways have already started to remove hawkers from station premises. Officials from the state urban development department said the government has also asked the BMC to take action against stalls within 150m outside stations.

“The BMC has started action against illegal stalls and shops on foothpaths and roads. The proposal is to shift licensed stalls in hawking zones or elsewhere to ensure safety of commuters outside local stations in Mumbai. There are large-scale violations by license-holding stalls. In such cases, the civic body has been asked to revoke their licences. The number of such stalls is limited, but they need to be removed,” said an official, adding stalls with change of use will also face action as it amounts to violation.

In a written reply submitted during question hour, Fadnavis gave information about the slew of measures taken by the government after the stampede. He said the authorities have proposed a new skywalk, 10 new foot overbridges and replacement of 21 existing bridges at various suburban railway stations. The house was informed that the additional security forces were deployed with the help of Maharashtra police for security of commuters. It has also been clarified that the inquiry held by Railway authorities held no officer guilty for the mishap.

In other replies, the government has admitted to irregularities in housing schemes of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) and Slum Redevelopment Authorities. The BMC was supposed to get Rs1240.13 crore from 123 redevelopment projects implemented on the land owned by the civic body under 33(7) of the development control rule. Although 41 of the projects have been completed and remaining are under construction, only 89 developers have paid BMC Rs846.99 crore towards premium. The CM, who is also the urban development minster, informed the house that the developers with dues have been served stop-work notices.

Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Vijay Vadettiwar and others had raised the question about the 40 bogus quality control certificates submitted by the contractors in various slum rehabilitation housing projects. Housing minister Prakash Mehta said 20 contractors and 17 labour cooperative institutes have been blacklisted, while an inquiry has been initiated against 46 Mhada officers.

The government also informed the legislative Assembly about the action taken against builders from Chembur for killing trees by injecting acid.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 22:34 IST