Mayor directs BMC to scrap hawking zone list, administration may not agree
Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar on Thursday directed the municipal corporation to do away with the current list, taking the demands by city’s councilors into account.mumbai Updated: Jan 18, 2018 23:46 IST
The civic administration is now under pressure to scrap the list marking 85,891 hawking pitches in the city, less than a month before the deadline to submit it to the state-level town vending committee (TVC) for a final decision.
Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar on Thursday directed the municipal corporation to do away with the current list, taking the demands by city’s councilors into account.
Mahadeshwar said, “There should be hawking zones and non-hawking zones in the city. The pitches should be allotted after studying the localities closely. On demands of elected representatives, I have instructed the civic body to scrap the list, as it was prepared without consulting the local councillors or the standing committee.”
Some citizens groups have also protested against the hawking pitches.
There is likely to be a clash between the administration and elected representatives on the issue, given the officials are wary of redoing the list at such a late stage.
The list is mostly likely to be submitted to the TVC by February 15, after which the final list will be declared, said a senior civic official, dealing with this issue, who did not want to be named. “Redoing the surveys and remaking the list will only delay the implementation of hawkers’ policy. An appeal committee is to be formed by next week. The grievances and suggestions committee will also be set up for complaints. As per the procedure, the mayor will choose councillors and NGOs to constitute the appeal committee,” the official said.
Yashwant Jadhav, leader of the House, said civic chief Ajoy Mehta should scrap the current list as it did not take citizens’ views into consideration. “Every councillor should have been included in the process before drafting the list. The surveys are already done; we demand the list be remade,” said Jadhav.
Earlier this week, party leaders raised their voice against the civic body’s “faulty planning of hawking zones” and demanded scrapping of the pitches.
Hawkers have been allotted spaces outside residences of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, former CM Narayan Rane and some Bollywood stars.
The BMC’s list of hawking pitches first met with opposition in 2015 when residents protested against allotments outside their houses, following which the list was withdrawn. But the BMC republished the same list in November last year and invited citizens’ suggestions and objections. The civic body is still considering suggestions until January 31 and making changes after considering them.