Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: The weekly bazaars at var­i­ous places in the city have be­come vir­tual night­mares for pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists in Navi Mum­bai, as they encroach upon roads, caus­ing traf­fic jams and law and or­der prob­lems.

Apart from traf­fic prob­lems, the con­gre­ga­tion of a large num­ber of peo­ple at th­ese mark­ers makes them havens for pick­pock­ets and thieves, who snatch gold chains from shop­pers.

An in­crease in the num­ber of traders at the weekly bazaars has led to en­croach­ment on roads and foot­paths, caus­ing a short­age of walk­ways for pedes­tri­ans. Res­i­dents have com­plained to the au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tion against the weekly mar­kets in the city.

There has been a long tra­di­tion of weekly mar­kets – held at sev­eral nodes on dif­fer­ent days – in the city. Around 80 per­cent of the ven­dors come from Mum­bai and Thane.

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