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HIGH COURT STRICTURES FORCES CENTRAL AND WESTERN RAILWAY TO REMOVE VENDORS AND HAWKERS FROM STATIONS

Hawker-1The Mumbai high court has directed the Central and Western railways to remove all illegal hawkers from foot-overbridges and platforms at stations across the city, warning the railway authorities that failure to comply with it would invite suo motu action against the top officers of the railways. The High Court further reinstated that illegal hawkers are not entitled to any protection and that it was the duty of the railways to ensure the security of commuters using the stations. It maybe recalled that the common man has to put to great inconvenience as foot-overbridges are mostly crowded with hawkers. Despite the Government Railway Police and the Railway Police Force, no action is taken against unauthorised hawkers who squat and encroach on bridges and stations. The court has warned that if their ordered is not followed then the respective authorities would face action under suo motu. The court’s orders came during the hearing of a petition filed by six hawkers based outside Kurla station who were resisting their removal. The senior inspector gave us more insight on these illegal hawkers. The court refused to grant any interim protection to the hawkers. Also, it did not indulge the petitioners’ plea for rehabilitation at an alternative site. The railways did not have a rehabilitation policy for encroachers, the court was told. Ajaz Khan – NMTV News.

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