Hawk­ers’ zones ready at Kalam­boli, but plan­ning agency yet to al­lot stalls

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

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 e a r m a rke d 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 s uper­in­tend­ing 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.”

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