Pan­vel res­i­dents get­ting tired of govt’s fail­ure to man­age hawk­ers

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G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy KAMOTHE: Pan­vel res­i­dents ex­pressed their dis­plea­sure over the con­ve­nience caused by the ris­ing num­bers of hawk­ers in the city.

The civic body’s fail­ure to act against hawk­ers has al­lowed them to set up il­le­gal kiosks on roads and foot­paths which has wors­ened traf­fic con­ges­tion in the city, they say.

Ma­jor roads, junc­tions and cir­cles are reg­u­larly clogged by slow- mov­ing traf­fic wors­ened by the pres­ence of il­le­gal en­croach­ments by the city’s hawk­ers. Even park­ing zones have been usurped by them which, of­ten, leads to heated ar­gu­ments be­tween drivers and hawk­ers.

Shivaji Chowk and Ta­pal Naka are the most af­fected ar­eas as hawk­ers have made large en­croach­ments on roads and foot­paths there. More traf­fic isn’t the only prob­lem caused by hawk­ers, say res­i­dents. They claim that the hawk­ers have wors­ened san­i­ta­tion prob­lems in the city by dump­ing waste on the city’s roads.

Some res­i­dents have sug­gested that the civic body shut down hawk­ers’ busi­nesses to put an end to the men­ace. “Re­mov­ing hawk­ers would solve all the prob­lems of san­i­ta­tion and waste man­age­ment in the city” said Mathew, a res­i­dent of Pan­vel.

Oth­ers seem torn be­tween the valu­able ser­vice pro­vided by many veg­etable ven­dors and the large scale dump­ing of waste and traf­fic snarls caused by their pres­ence. They ad­vo­cate the cre­ation of des­ig­nated hawk­ing zones in the city so that they are able to meet their daily needs with­out hav­ing to deal with the con­se­quences of hawk­ers’ en­croach­ment. “We are not ask­ing for the hawk­ers to be re­moved but want them to be ac­com­mo­dates at des­ig­nated places to avoid un­wanted traf­fic con­ges­tion and san­i­ta­tion is­sues,” said Sa­gar, a res­i­dent of Pan­vel.

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