NMMC hires agency to implement hawkers’ policy CONTRACT AWARDED ONE YEAR AFTER TENDER OPENED
The slow-paced hawkers’ policy has got a push.
The Standing Committee has awarded a contract for survey of hawkers in all eight NMMC wards.
The agency will conduct a biometric survey, registration, give registration certificates to registered hawkers, issue identity cards, develop software, repair and maintain the system for three years.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had received three bids for the contract. Virtual Galaxy Infotech Private Limited, a Nagpurbased company, bagged the contract for Rs38.75 lakh.
The company bid 42.5% less than the estimate price of the civic body.
The civic administration has estimated a total of 15,000 hawkers for the survey.
Nerul corporator Meera Patil said in the standing committee meeting, “Though action has been taken against hawkers in the city, there are still several illegal hawkers conducting business. The registered hawkers are facing problems due to lack of designated places.”
House leader JD Sutar said, “There is still no clarity on the eligibility criteria of hawkers. On what basis has the administration considered only 15,000 hawkers? Their number has increased manifold.”
Shiv Sena corporator MK Madhvi, “The NMMC had earlier allotted pitches to some hawkers. Several wellto-do people managed to get the slots. These pitches need to be cancelled.”
He said, “Almost 75% of the registered hawkers have given their pitches on monthly rents ranging from Rs6,000 to Rs10,000.”
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe said, “The NMMC has earlier sent its hawkers policy to the state government for approval. I have written to the government to seek early sanction for it.”
The government itself is preparing a comprehensive policy.
“We will go according to the instructions that we get from the government,” said Mundhe.
He added, “We will check the pitches being given to those who are not eligible. Those who have information can give it to us and we will verify and take action if necessary. The survey will ensure that only eligible hawkers are registered.”