BMC to keep hawkers away from proposed 111 Metro stations

Following Supreme Court's order, the BMC carried out a drive to evict hawkers from the areas nearby railway stations

BMC to keep hawkers away from proposed 111 Metro stations

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will not entertain hawkers in the periphery of upcoming 111 metro stations in order to keep the space under elevated stations hawkers free. 

In the coming years, Mumbai will get close to 111 metro stations which will decongest and streamline the traffic.

The civic body has been restricting hawkers to work within 150m of railway stations and the same rule will be applied to metro stations.

The Supreme Court (SC) in 2009 gave an order, which stated that hawking will not be permitted within 100m of any place of worship, holy shrine, educational institution and hospital within 150m of any municipal or other markets or any railway stations.

A senior civic official told Hindustan Times,

After 2009, the Metro stations also fall under the Railway Act, which prohibits hawking under its section 144 and makes vendors liable for punishment.”

In 2014, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), along with the BMC evicted hawkers to decongest access ways and station premises. 

Crackdown on illegal hawkers came in the wake of September 29 stampede which took place at Elphinstone station that claimed 23 lives. Following the unfortunate tragedy, along with the BMC, the railway authorities began the drive to evict hawkers from the foot over bridges and areas outside railway stations. 

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