GATH­ER­ING DUST

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI -

Cidco has ear­marked 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. The Cidco has, as per the hawk­ers’ pol­icy, con­ducted a sur­vey of hawk­ers. Around 2,500 hawk­ers had been reg­is­tered in the sur­vey. But, the hawk­ers’ zones can ac­com­mo­date only 500.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The hawk­ers’ zone built at Kalam­boli lies in ne­glect as Cidco de­lays im­ple­ment­ing the hawk­ers’ pol­icy. The of­fice it had opened at Kalam­boli com­mu­nity cen­tre has been shut.

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