SENA, BJP SPAR OVER CREDIT FOR HAWK­ERS’ SPACE, EVENT CAN­CELLED

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

KHARGHAR: Dif­fer­ences be­tween Shiv Sena and BJP over claim­ing credit for the al­lot­ment of spa­ces to hawk­ers by Cidco on its land in Kharghar led to the can­cel­la­tion of the pro­gramme on Thurs­day.

Fol­low­ing a ban­ner put up by Cidco declar­ing the area as its pro­posed mar­ket, the BJP and Shiv Sena or­ga­nized a space distri­bu­tion pro­gramme for the hawk­ers on Thurs­day.

The Shiv Sena had or­gan­ised hawker space distri­bu­tion pro­gramme at Sec­tor 11 of Kharghar, near Ken­driya Vi­har and the BJP at Sec­tor 21 on Thurs­day.

Many hawk­ers were present for the pro­gramme. Soon, there were ar­gu­ments over who gets the credit for the al­lot­ment which ended in a fi­asco for the pro­gramme leav­ing the hawk­ers in a lurch. A po­lit­i­cal source said, “MLA Prashant Thakur was to in­au­gu­rate the mar­kets but it is not clear what tran­spired, lead­ing to the can­cel­la­tion of the pro­gramme.”

A hawker said, “The land be­longs to Cidco, but the fight be­tween the two par­ties will ad­versely af­fect us.”

BJP MLA Prashant Thakur had iden­ti­fied a Kharghar hawker-free zone which the res­i­dents had sup­ported. Thakur had de­manded that Cidco re­serve a plot for hawk­ers and hand it over to the hawk­ers with­out the in­ter­ven­tion of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. He then stated there will be no in­jus­tice meted to any­one and the hawk­ers will get their space.

Cidco has re­port­edly ear­marked 24 plots for hawk­ers’ zone and also put up ban­ners of the pro­posed mar­ket area in some ar­eas. How­ever, with­out tak­ing Cidco into con­fi­dence, the two par­ties an­nounced the distri­bu­tion pro­gramme.

As per Cidco sur­vey, there are around 1,000 el­i­gi­ble hawk­ers in Kharghar. Ac­cord­ing to sources, some po­lit­i­cal work­ers have filled forms of their friends and rel­a­tives tak­ing the fig­ure to 10,000.

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