DRIVE AGAINST KALYAN HAWKERS TURNS FUTILE
KALYAN: Two days after taking action against hawkers, they are back at station areas in Kalyan and Dombivli.
After the hawkers were removed from Kalyan skywalk, the commuters were a happy lot. There was no obstruction and they had more space to walk. But, the comfort was short-lived.
“Around 2 lakh people travel from Dombivli station every day. Encroachment by hawkers on the skywalk makes the place congested and chaotic, especially during peak hours. The situation worsens when it rains,” said Swati Joshi, 35, a software engineer.
Commuters said the traffic police often wash their hands of the problem.
“When we complaint to the traffic cops about hawkers, they conveniently say hawkers are the KDMC’s responsibility and that they cannot interfere,” said Anuja Patil, 25, a second-year engineering student.
Commuters have been complaining about the hawker menace on Kalyan skywalk for years.
Ajit Mane, a city-based activist, said: “The corporation has been taking action against hawkers but it seems to be an eye-wash. They are hand in glove with the hawkers and that is why they are back without fear.”
“They must be getting support from civic officials or politicians for their business. A permanent solution should be worked out either by allotting a hawkers’ zone or dedicated place for them,” added Mane.
Mayor Rajendra Devlekar said they had received complaints that the hawkers are back on the pedestrian zone.
“We have asked officials to confiscate their belongings and keep a watch, especially near station areas, and take immediate action. Patrolling would be done at these areas to avoid rush because of hawkers during peak hours.”