BMC could clear all the hawker stalls for wider roads on Hill Road

The move is all good for residents but a matter of worry for hawkers

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Hill Road — the shopping hub in Bandra (W) has over the years been a traffic nightmare where legal and illegal hawkers have been working closely together. But soon BMC will get rid of both sets of hawkers before the rainfall. As a part to widen the road, BMC has come up with the plan to shift 45 licensed stall owners to the Pali Municipal Market.

And the rest of the 200 illegal hawkers at Hill Road would be put out of business, as per BMC.

It has been a long-standing demand of the residents of Bandra that Hill Road be cleared of illegal hawkers. Locals have time and again complained about the never-ending traffic jams. And to add to their agony, BMC marked Hill Road as a hawking zone in January.

BMC later annulled the decision after realising there was no other option but to widen the road. A BMC official from H West Ward said the relocation of hawkers is one of the steps taken in order to decongest the stretch.

When contacted, assistant commissioner of H/Ward, Sharad Ughde, he said that widening of Hill Road is being undertaken. Some of the licensee stalls on this road will be rehabilitated in Pali Hill Market and other places.

There is a bottle neck at various places which we will remove. Also, we will take action against illegal hawkers. We have already sent notices regarding the same,” Sharad Ughde, assistant commissioner of H/Ward.

While the move is certainly a delight for the residents, it would take a toll on the businesses of licensed hawkers due to the shift at Pali Market.

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