Mumbai: Despite the fact that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has been opposing hawkers in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed a hawking zone in the lane, where MNS Chief Raj Thackeray resides. However, there are no hawking zones near Matoshree, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence at Bandra.
The BMC has demarcated 10 hawking pitches in two lanes near Krishnakunj, Raj Thackeray’s house. The proposal irked MNS workers as the BMC proposed hawkers zone at MB Raut Marg near their party chief’s house and no hawkers’ zone marked near Matoshree at Bandra.
MNS leader Santosh Dhuri said, “This has been orchestrated by the Sena to hit the MNS below the belt. It is petty politics. The lanes in front and behind Krishnakunj are marked with 20 hawking pitches. At present, both the lanes have no hawkers and are residential areas. There is no logic to this allotment.”
According to BMC’s data, total of 89,000 hawking pitches were made in Mumbai, with the highest recorded in Andheri (K East) at 8,020 and the lowest in B Ward, Sandhurst Road, at 802. Whereas in the G north ward (Dadar), the BMC marked 10 pitches each on Keluskar Marg and MB Raut Marg. MB Raut Marg is near Krishnkunj and around Shivaji Park.
This may give another reason for MNS to lash out at Shiv Sena, which rules the BMC. The lanes in the front and behind Krishnakunj are marked with 20 hawking pitches. At present, both lanes have no hawkers and are residential areas.
Earlier, in several parts of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai districts, MNS party workers had vandalised stalls of hawkers and eventually, the party workers were also sent to jail and later released on bail. While a BMC official said that there is no plan to tease the MNS, but there are hawkers around the Shivaji Park in the morning and they sell juices to morning walkers. “The BMC just regularised them and there is no political agenda behind it,” the officials said.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner Nidhi Choudhari said that the hawking pitches have only been proposed. “They will be made final after citizens’ feedback and the decision by the Town Vending Committee. If citizens’ objections are valid, some pitches can be dropped and new ones can be redrawn,” she added.