Vendors found to be operating in no-hawking zone in Dadar in the presence of the inspector and BMC vehicle.
There is a new twist in the city’s tussle with illegal hawkers. A BMC inspector has been suspended for allowing hawkers in a no-hawking zone – Dadar’s D’Silva Road – on Tuesday. This is probably the first time somebody has been suspended for allowing hawkers within 150 meters of railway stations. The Elphinstone Railway station tragedy claimed 23 lives. After the tragedy, the Railways had undertaken a slew of measures to improve safety at railway stations, one of them being evicting illegal hawkers from within railway premises. MNS chief Raj Thackeray had also taken out a morcha on the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate, demanding hawkers be evicted from all FOBs within a fortnight from then.
On Tuesday, certain residents saw hawkers doing business on D’Silva Road, a no-hawking zone while a BMC inspection vehicle (MH-01 AN 0685) stood within sight.
D’Silva Road falls within 150 meters of Dadar station and is supposed to be a no-hawking area. While the civic body has been cracking down in other parts of Dadar, hawkers were seen doing business freely here. What’s more, the vehicle inspector, Vijendra Dhanavade, was present on the spot at around 3 pm.
Some residents clicked pictures of the site and sent them to MNS leader Sandip Deshpande, alleging open corruption. Deshpande took note of the issue and met assistant municipal commissioner (G North ward) Ramakant Biradar. Based on his complaint, Biradar suspended Dhanavade for a day for irresponsible behaviour and misconduct. The suspension order, a copy of which is with Mirror, terms the incident serious as he ignored orders. The one-day suspension is for Wednesday. “I think this is the first time in Mumbai that someone has been suspended for allowing hawking. I hope other staffers take this as a lesson,” Biradar said.
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