Hawkers’ zones ready at Kalamboli, but planning agency yet to allot stalls
Around 2,500 hawkers registered in survey, but zones can accommodate only 500
KALAMBOLI: The hawker menace in Kalamboli node is on the rise, leading to problems for the residents.
The City Industrial and Development Corporation has built a hawkers’ zone but it has not allotted the stalls.
It had set up an independent office at Kalamboli community centre to implement the national hawkers’ policy. However, it has been lying shut as the hawkers’ policy is yet to be implemented.
The Cidco has, as per the hawkers’ policy, conducted a survey of hawkers which is alleged to being just a formality. Around 2,500 hawkers had been registered in the survey. But, the hawkers’ zones can accommodate only 500.
Questions are being raised on how Cidco will accommodate the rest of the 2,000 hawkers. Prashant Patil, a local social worker, said: “Besides, there are hundreds of hawkers whose names have not been registered in the survey. This is leading to questions on how serious Cidco is about the issue.”
He added, “Despite it being Cidco’s duty to implement the hawkers’ policy, it has shut its office citing the incomplete survey. The residents are suffering. In the absence of any policy, hawkers have set up shop on roads, footpaths and other open places.”
Cidco has ear marked zones at Sector 2E (225 square metres), sector 5E ( 860 sqm) and Sector 5 ( 250 sqm) as hawkers’ zone and gave them to Tapridharak and Feriwala Kalyankari Sanstha, a hawkers’ association.
Amongst the areas designated as hawkers’ zone, the building at Sector 2 is ready.
Cidco spent Rs1.5 crore to construct the building five years ago. The building’s ground floor has 57 stalls to sell vegetables, fruits and fish. There are 40 shops on the first floor. Hawkers are demanding basic facilities of water and toilets.
Cidco superintending engineer Kiran Phanse said: “Though our office has been shut, it will be started in some time and the hawkers’ policy will be implemented.”
He added, “As per the survey, they will be given licences and places will be allotted after taking draws. We will take into account the available space and the number of hawkers and action will be taken accordingly.”
Despite it being Cidco’s duty to implement the hawkers’ policy, it has shut its office citing incomplete survey. The residents are suffering. In the absence of any policy, hawkers have set up shop on roads, footpaths and other open places.
PRASHANT PATIL, social worker