THE BOMBAY High Court Monday directed the BMC to take action against all illegal Shiv Vada Pav stalls in the city in the next three months. The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Janseva Mandal which claimed that there were over 250 such stalls operating without proper licences.
A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak directed the BMC to consider the representation by Janseva Mandal and pass appropriate orders in 12 weeks.
The petitioner, through advocate Umesh Mohite, contended that a previous order by the HC had banned cooking in illegal stalls. The petition alleged that the stalls of Shiv Vada Pav in the city were started after the ‘Zunka Bhakar Kendra’ scheme was scrapped due to misuse by stall operators. It added that the permission to install Shiv Vada Pav stalls was given at the BMC ward office, without valid licenses.
The court has sought a compliance report.
The Shiv Sena started the scheme of setting up the vada pav stalls in 2009.