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Heavy Hawking Clampdown

Saturday, August 12, 2017
By A Staff Reporter

In July alone BMC swoops on 24,894 illegal hawkers, seizes material worth Rs 2 crore 35 lakh

A crackdown by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in July has come down heavily on 24,894 illegal hawkers across the city. The seized material from these hawkers is worth Rs 2 crore and 35 lakhs and the fine recovered from these hawkers amounted to Rs 28,34,527 in one month. The most number of hawkers were found in the G North Ward, which includes areas like Dadar and the least 1,654 hawkers were found in the A ward.

The civic body's Encroachment Department has been working to clear the BMC's area of illegal hawkers who sell clothes, fast food products and other items illegally and encroach on the footpaths and other areas that are meant for pedestrians. From July 1 to 31 July, the BMC has come down heavily on the hawkers. After seizing the material from the hawkers, the BMC auctions the material and takes action accordingly.

During the aforesaid one month, regular action was taken on the vendors/dealers on unauthorized roads/footpaths in the municipal area. This action was taken in both morning and evening. According to this, last month,  action was taken against 24,898 unauthorized vendors. During the operation, 1,150 handcuffs, 841 cylinders, 62 table stalls and 13 canes were seized. In addition to this, now action has been taken against 6,140 destructive vendors, 7,393 non-essential vendors and 9,292 unauthorized food vendors.

During the same period, the highest number of 3,850 unauthorized hawkers were acted upon in the 'G North' ward. After that, 1,654 in the A ward and 1,560 in K East Ward were taken action against. Similarly, the highest recovery was made from the H-West ward of Rs 2,56,782; In the 'K East' ward of Rs 1,89,348, In the F North ward of Rs 1,47,000 and in the N ward Rs 1,45,806 was recovered.

This amount includes the amount of the penalty and the amount received from the auction.

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