Following the poor response to its invitation for suggestions from the public on its new hawkers policy,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Monday extended the last date for submission of ideas to April 20. The earlier deadline for the same was April 5.
We had received very poor response from the public in the past few days so we decided to extend the response date by 15 more days, said Dr Shantaram S Kudalkar,deputy municipal commissioner. We received around 300-350 suggestion pamphlets but most of these are the same suggestions as they have been duplicated and signed,Kudalkar said,adding that there are very few individual responses.
Nayana Kathpalia of NGO Citispace,which has been at the forefront of the demand to regulate city hawkers,said the poor response is due to the proposal being only in Marathi,which is not even simple Marathi. Even people who know Marathi are facing difficulty in understanding and filling it,she said.
The Centre has framed the National Street Vendors Policy and asked each state to formulate its own guidelines about hawking zones. Maharashtra and Mumbai have each prepared a set of proposals,and the BMC had invited suggestions from Mumbaikars on it.
The response received from the citizens will then be processed in a report and presented to the committee headed by the Mayor. Following a hearing of the suggestions,a gazette will publish the draft law,the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations and Municipal Councils (amendment) Act,2008.
Mumbai has over 2 lakh hawkers and,according to estimates,a mere 15,500 of them are licensed.
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