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 Hawkers: Now, choose your own friendly neighbourhood paanwallah

New BMC proposal aims to give residents a say in selecting vendors for localities

Mumbaikars may now get a chance to hand-pick their "favourite" neighbourhood vendors-be it the indispensable newspaper-seller or the paanwallah in their galli.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to conduct a survey, asking residents to choose the most preferred vendor in their locality, who will be treated as "essential service", and allowed to stay in the area, irrespective of whether it's a hawking or non-hawking zone. The survey, which will be carried on the webpage of the BMC, will have a questionnaire and a list of vendors.

"We want to sieve through the list of vendors, and keep the ones indispensable to the public in every hawking and non-hawking zone," said Subrat Ratho, Additional Municipal Commissioner, BMC.

The proposal will then be moved to the BMC house for clearance in the hawking zones, and also come up for the Supreme Court hearing in March on the hawking issue.

The Supreme Court, through a committee set up in July 2004, had identified 92 hawking zones in the city, and 97 in the Eastern suburbs, including small pitches (1x1 metre), and stalls (2x1 metre).

However, sounding a discordant note, Sharad Rao, leader of the Mumbai Hawker's Union, told DNA, "Even if they bring hawkers under the 'essential service', what are they going to do about the other two lakh non-licensee hawkers?"

Publication: DNA;  Date:Feb 8 2006;  Section:Mumbai; Page Number:7

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