Now, hawkers to get licence to rove
BMC, which has only 23,000 hawking spots for 3 lakh hawkers, has
with the idea of roving hawkers who will be allowed to move around
The city may be demarcated into hawking and non-hawking
zones, but it
turns out only 23,000 of Mumbai's 3 lakh hawkers have been allotted
under the plan.
The BMC was left with 2.77 lakh protesting hawkers
on its hands and has
now come up with an idea to keep everyone happy - the 'roving hawker'.
A roving hawker can move around a permitted area
to sell his wares and
won't need to set up shop in any particular area.
The BMC is in the process of drawing up a list
of conditions for the
roving hawking licence. One will be that the hawker should have
certificate and should have done business for at least 10 years
streets. Other conditions will be drawn up eventually, said an officer
the concerned department. He added that after the conditions are
and a petition is ready, the BMC will submit it to the Supreme Court
court's verdict will be implemented.
As per the SC's suggestion, the BMC had appointed
a three-man committee
to demarcate hawking zones for the city, eastern suburbs and western
suburbs. The committees were headed by retired justice A Shah, retired
civil judge Joshi and retired city civil judge Ghare, respectively.
The three committees finally suggested 250 roads
all over Mumbai for
hawking and submitted a report to the SC, which sanctioned the demarcation.
However, it turned out that only 23,000 pitches
(the space on a road
where hawkers can sell) and 3 lakh hawkers.
HAWKING ROADS AND PITCHES:
City: 97 roads, 6203 pitches Eastern suburbs: 97 roads, 13,737 pitches
Western suburbs: 56 roads, 3060 pitches
SOME HAWKING ZONE ROADS:
1. Dalal Street north footpath opposite Bhupen Chamber near Stock
Bldg. 2. Dr D N Road westside footpath from Empire Restaurant up
Express Bank footpath
F (south) -Ward
SS Rao, (east side) from Rajkamal Marg up to Amar Tea Company Saibaba
G (south) -ward T H Kataria Road, from L J Road
to Manmala Tank Road Jn,
Mogul Lane both sides
H (West) -ward
Turner Road, 250 metres from the railway station from Junction,
Road to Sadhu Vaswani Garden (east side).
K (West) -Ward
Sher-e-Punjab Road north of the Sher-e-Punjab Colony Road from BSES
to Priti Apartment (cross road)
Publication:Mumbai Mirror; Date:May 30, 2006; Section:City;