Crackdown on street vendors sparks row
A report on rush-hour stampede last month said hawkers crowding a footbridge were partly to blame
Acrackdown on street vendors in Mumbai after they were blamed for a stampede at a train station last month highlights the diminishing access to public spaces for the city’s poor and marginalised communities, activists said.
A report on the stampede during a monsoon downpour that killed 22 people said vendors crowding a narrow footbridge were partly to blame.
Since then, city officials have doubled a fine for illegal hawkers, and said they will introduce a mobile app for residents to register complaints about hawkers.
A risky stall
Members of a local political party have clashed with vendors outside train stations, saying they pose a risk to commuters.
Only about 20,000 hawkers in Mumbai are licensed, with the number unlicensed estimated at more than 150,000.