The Bombay High Court has ordered Bombay Hawkers Union to not sell flowers outside Dadar station. The latter had filed a petition seeking permission to sell flowers but the HC told them that the 150-metre area outside the railway station comes under railways’ jurisdiction.

Dadar flower market is a well-known market and people from various areas come to buy flowers there. However, the HC observed that people throng the station area in order to buy flowers which creates problems for other commuters.

Last year, on November 1, 2017, while hearing the case between Aazad hawkers Union and Central Government, the HC had given permission to sell flowers in and around 150-metre area of Hanuman temple. Considering this, the Bombay Hawkers Union demanded the same for the railway station but were denied.

A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla did not accept the contention of hawkers, who claimed they will sell their wares outside the railway station as there are several temples situated in the vicinity.

Justice Oka said,

A judicial note can be taken of the congestion outside railway stations in the city. The railway station premises are often congested as commuters continuously exit and enter the station. Also, there is huge traffic congestion just outside the stations, thus, the petitioners (hawkers) cannot be allowed to conduct business in the premises.”

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