hawakers-1CIDCO has commenced construction of the first hawkers’ zone for residents of Kalamboli. The corporation has planned a total of 12 such zones that will cater to 14 lakh residents living in areas from Kharghar to New Panvel in Raigad district. The hawkers’ zone at Kalamboli is expected to be operational in 11 months. While Kharghar will have four such plazas, three each will come up in Kamothe and Panvel and two in Kalamboli. The total cost of the project is pegged at Rs 18-20 crore (Rs 1.5-2 crore for each plaza). At present, hawkers occupy road space and leave behind mounds of garbage. The first experimental hawkers’ zone is coming up on a 1,000 sq m plot in Kalamboli’s Sector 1 and will cater to residents of nearby sectors like 2, 5, 5E, and 6. We spoke with the Executive Engineer of CIDCO, Kharghar who stated that the sectors for the hawker zones were identified and the primary survey report was sent for approval at CIDCO Jt Managing Director’s office. The second hawking plaza will come up in New Panvel’s Sector 12. Design for these zones will remain the same for all the 12 plazas. Unfortunately, the sectors identified do not include Kharghar node, which is seeing a steady rise in hawkers. Unless these hawkers are checked when they are settling, the situation of Kharghar will become the same as all the other nodes of Navi Mumbai that reel under hawker’s menace. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Sudhir Sharma for NMTV News.

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