Crackdown on street ven­dors sparks row

A re­port on rush-hour stam­pede last month said hawk­ers crowd­ing a foot­bridge were partly to blame

Gulf News - - India -

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.

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