Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

Hawkers Not Allowed In Mumbai’s Railway Stations’ Foot Bridge: Court

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Mumbai will look a bit different henceforth in terms of selling and buying food and economical household products along with toys at public places. Bombay High Court ordered on Wednesday no hawking on foot and rail overbridges and even within 150 metres of railway stations.

The court refused to accept petitions of city hawkers that the municipal authorities cannot evict them as per the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act.

A division bench of justices B R Gavai and M S Karnik said in its 118-pages judgement that presence of too many hawkers on the foot bridge of Elphinstone Road railway station led to the death of 23 people due to stampede on September 29 and hence hawking there should not be allowed.

Hawkers Not Allowed In Mumbai's Railway Stations' Foot Bridge- Court

The court added hawking should also be not allowed within 100 metres from worship places, holy shrines, hospitals and educational institutions.

The judgement also mentioned hawkers should not be allowed within 150 metres from any municipal or other markets.

About the hawking near to the worship places the court said only items required by devotees as offerings could be sold.

The court said, “We are faced with a situation to balance the rights of the hawkers to do vending business to earn their livelihood on one hand, and rights of the citizens to use the footpaths and roads without causing any obstruction.”

The court continued that hawking can only be done at the places which are identified as hawking zones by the authorities.

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