| SC rejects
hawkers' plea on size of stalls
Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to grant an interim stay
on the BMC notice to licensed hawkers directing them to reduce the
size of their stalls to 1 metre by 1 metre.
Rights activists and advocate Anand Grover, representing
the hawkers’ unions, claimed that the BMC had issued the notice on
October 27 for compliance within 15 days. The notice also stipulated
that if the stall sizes were not reduced their licences would be revoked.
Counsels Shyam Diwan and Jamshed Mistry, representing
Citispace and other citizen groups, opposed any stay contending that
all parties had to be heard before the court decides on the matter.
In a related development, the three-member committee appointed by
the court also submitted their recommendations on the demarcation
of hawking zones in the city. A bench of Ruma Pal, A R Lakshmanan
and Dalveer Bhandari kept the matter for hearing on January 10, 2006.
All the three panels, set up by the court for the western and eastern
suburbs, as well as the island city, recommended an increase in the
number of hawking zones.
The issue of demarcating thousands of hawkers in
Mumbai into hawking and nonhawking zones has been raging for over
a decade now in courts. The SC had banned hawkers from coming within
150-meters of railway stations, hospitals and courts. The SC had approved
196 hawking zones in its 2003 judgment. But the south-Mumbai committee
had added 14 more roads in the A ward.
The hawkers’ union had moved the SC to challenge
the verdict of the Bombay HC, which had ratified hawking zones in
Publication:Times Of India Mumbai; Date:Nov 30, 2005; Section:Times
City; Page Number:9