BMC drives out 100 hawkers from outside Chembur station
- Mumbai Mirror
May 23, 2014, 12.44 AM IST
By Urvashi Seth,
BMC drives out 100 hawkers from outside Chembur stationThe chaos outside Chembur Railway Station could ease in the next few days, after BMC launched a drive against the hawkers last week following complaints from shopkeepers and residents.
Assistant Municipal Commissioner (M-West Ward) Sandhya Nandedkar said that more than a hundred hawkers have been evicted, and the drive will continue till the area has been completely rid of hawkers.
Around a dozen BMC officials have been pressed into action and goods belonging to several hawkers were confiscated on Thursday, even as a few hawkers were seen returning in the evening.
"We received complaints from scores of residents and shopkeepers saying the hawkers were causing traffic chaos outside the station. The verification of complaints revealed majority of the hawkers were illegally occupying the spaces. Our teams will ensure the hawkers don't return," Nandedkar said.
The shopkeepers, who have been fighting the hawking menace in Chembur under the banner of the Chembur Shopkeepers' Association for over a year, said that the hawkers were blocking their shop entrances.
"The traffic signals and trees have also not been spared. The hawkers display their wares using bamboos tied to the trees, thereby completely blocking our shops," said a shopkeeper, Khushal Bhandari.
The shopkeepers said that many trees in the area were destroyed because of the hawkers hammering nails to display their wares. Besides, regular customers were staying away from the area because of traffic chaos, the shopkeepers said.
"I am forced to hire more delivery boys as majority of my clients demand home delivery, saying it was too cumbersome to drive down to the station area. It is a huge burden on my budgets," said Vipul Pawar, a grocery shop owner whose outlet is located right outside the Chembur station.
BMC, however, said that a few shopkeepers were hand-in-glove with hawkers as they collected rents from them. "Our officials visit the area several times a day but a few shopkeepers help the hawkers hide their wares. However, we will not relent till every single illegal hawker has been driven out," Nandedkar said.