Nagpada Junction’s hawkers evicted; Local residents supported eviction drive

The proverb “Better late than never”  comes into existence after a longtime, when in a  surprise move BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) swung in to action and conducted eviction drive at the Nagpada junction near Mumbai central of South Mumbai in BMC’s “E” ward. The civic authority removed more than 30 illegal hawkers to ease up traffic congestion and pedestrian movement.

The local residents were fed up of illegal encroachments by hawkers and raised voice against encroachment by hawkers. The residents of the area joined hands with the BMC ward office and police department to clear the junction of illegal hawkers. After removing illegal hawkers from the area, civic authority also barricaded the place to eliminate the chances of the hawkers re-emerging again.  

BMC officials are removing illegal hawkers from Nagpada area (Photo: S M Kabeer Mumbai Messenger)
BMC officials are removing illegal hawkers from Nagpada area (Photo: S M Kabeer Mumbai Messenger)

It is worth mentioning here that 11 residential buildings of Madanpura area collectively raised their voices against the illegal hawkers and parking at the junction, choking the space and posing a nuisance for pedestrians. All were united for removal of hawkers.

When it was beyond tolerable, all 11 residential buildings of Madanpura area collectively raised their voices against the illegal hawkers. To remove illegal hawkers E ward civic officials were planning a firm and full proof strategy. After doing proper home work, taking help from police and support of local residents. Eviction drive was conducted.

Kishor Desai, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (AMC) ‘E’ ward said “This drive will continue until the hawkers become habituated with it, and they should themselves be stop from encroaching the place. We also eliminated illegal parking space with the help of the police force and barricaded the place to ensure a smooth flow of traffic”.  

According to the BMC official, bag sellers were the prime encroachers of the spot; despite removing them time and again they re-emerged after some day. This time on we will make sure that, they should not return back. The BMC is further, planning to draw Zebra crossing lines on the street so that the pedestrians can cross with ease.

Riyaz Shaikh, president of Madanpura residents association said “Residents of around 11 buildings stood up together against this daily nuisance faced by the pedestrians. Today, the BMC and the police department helped us in clearing the place from illegal encroachment.”  

Report: Sitaram Mewati 

Author: Sitaram Mewati

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