Taking forward the plan to upgrade the area around the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued notices to hawkers who sell wares outside CST station to shift to Walachand Marg in Fort. Among the various measures which will be taken up by the BMC to make CST area tourist-friendly, all the footpaths in the area will be renovated which will maintain the heritage look of the precinct.
Assistant municipal commissioner of A ward, Kiran Dighavkar stated that the move has been taken to ease pedestrian movement as well as maintain cleanliness. “We have issued notices to 36 licensed hawkers to move their pitches to a stretch on Walachand Marg within the next 48 hours. Apart from clearing out the area, we will also make the footpaths more disabled-friendly,” he said.
One of the 10 iconic locations picked by the central government, the CST station which is also one of the UNESCO heritage sites, is set to undergo a makeover in the next one year. The BMC’s plan includes a viewing gallery, installation of uniform railings, repainting of the foot-overbridge among others.
Interestingly, the BMC had also planned to shift 49 licensed hawkers, set up near St George Hospital, to the footpath of MG Road opposite Fashion Street which is currently Bombay Gymkhana’s parking lot. The hawkers were supposed to be given around 85 metres of space which equals to around 17 car parking slots of the total parking space. However, civic officials said the idea was dropped after collector Ashwini Joshi had written to the BMC last month stating the pavement on MG Road belongs to the state government and they would have to take permission before taking any action.