MNS will agitate against BMC over hawkers zone

The BMC has designated several spaces for hawkers in the residential areas of Dadar West and Mahim. The road below the MNS headquarters at Mahim has also been marked as a hawkers’ zone.

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After Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) designated hawker zones in Dadar West and Mahim area, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) expressed its disappointment and announced that they will stage a protest against the decision taken by the civic body. 

The BMC has designated several spaces for hawkers in the residential areas of Dadar West and Mahim. The road below the MNS headquarters at Mahim has also been marked as a hawkers’ zone. 

Reacting to this, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS said that several hawker zones have been marked in the residential areas. Labelling it as a “faulty move”, MNS leader Yeshwant Killedar said that this will cause trouble for the residents. 

“The hawkers will disrupt peace in the Mahim-Dadar belt,” said Killedar, adding that the BMC should cancel the whole process of marking hawkers’ zone and re-start the process. 

MNS has always opposed the hawkers' policy of the BMC. The regional party carried a huge agitation against the hawkers in 2017 after the stampede incident at Elphinston railway station (now Prabhadevi). 

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After MNS’ rally against the hawkers in light of the stampede incident, the Bombay High Court ordered confined the hawker activities to 100 meters away from religious places, hospitals and educational institutes. 

The HC also stated that no hawker activities should take place within 150 meters of railway stations, market places and municipal corporations. 

Recently, Raj Thakeray announced a major shift in his party’s policy. With the changing of MNS’ flag to saffron colour, the party has also adopted Hindutva and appropriated Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. 

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Along with MNS, the residents of Dadar West and Mahim area have also expressed their disappointment with the BMC’s decision to mark hawkers’ zone on the pavements in residential areas. 

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