The issue of illegal hawkers thriving in the nodes of satellite city again, raised questions in the standing committee meeting of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) on Wednesday.
The committee members were of the view that the civic administration should conduct a proper survey to identify as to how many illegal hawkers are running their businesses by putting up their shops along roadside in the city, thereby posing problems for residents as well as motorists.
Raising the issue, NCP corporator Shivram Patil said that the chief minister has recently given directives to all the municipal corporations across the state to conduct a proper survey and issue licences to these small vendors so that the number of illegal hawkers is reduced. “The hawkers who have proper licences and have paid money to the civic body are not getting the facilities and there are around 20,000 hawkers in the satellite city. The last such survey was conducted in 1996 and since then the number of those doing business without NMMC licence has increased,” Patil said.
He added that City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has recently handed over some plots to NMMC that have been earmarked as hawkers’ zone and it is the responsibility of the civic body to see to it that the hawkers are given proper places in this zone so that they can carry out their business there.
On this, Congress corporator Santosh Shetty said that only those hawkers who have licence from the NMMC should be allowed to carry out the business while NCP’s Raju Shinde was of the view that the according to the Supreme Court the hawkers should not be allowed to sit on the footpaths and the civic administration has failed to follow the same. “The illegal hawkers are taking advantage of this inactivity by the civic body and that it (NMMC) should take serious cognizance of this grave issue and take proper action against the offenders,” Shinde added.
While Shiv Sena corporator Vijayanand Mane wanted to know as to how many plots have been reserved for hawkers in NMMC wards and also when will the administration start implementing the hawkers scheme. NCP’s Vaibhav Gaikwad said that systematic planning is a must to tackle this issue.
“The weekly bazaar should not be allowed where many hawkers from other neighbouring areas run business. Only those hawkers staying in Navi Mumbai should be given licences while a special vigilance team should be constituted by the civic body to supervise them,” Gaikwad added.
Replying to the issues raised by the committee members, deputy municipal commissioner NN Alhat said that the civic body got the state government order on Wednesday and a study is being done by the officials so that proper steps are taken to implement the same.
However, the official’s reply failed to satisfy the committee members who sought a clear action plan to be taken by the administration to address the issue.
To this, Alhat said that NMMC has got 43 plots from Cidco till date where these hawkers can be moved. “The new policy regarding the illegal hawkers will be finalised within four to five days and put up before the standing committee in its next meeting,” the official added.
The committee members were of the view that the civic administration should conduct a proper survey to identify as to how many illegal hawkers are running their businesses by putting up their shops along roadside in the city, thereby posing problems for residents as well as motorists
Deputy municipal commissioner NN Alhat said that the civic body got the state government order on Wednesday and a study is being done by the officials so that proper steps are taken to implement it.