MMRDA and BMC would be soon shifting hawkers to the 100 skywalks to be developed in the city. Initiatives are being taken both MMRDA and BMC to clear station roads of hawkers and make it a haven for both pedestrians and vehicles. Both the civic agencies have joined hands to ensure that hawkers are shifted from railway stations and footpaths, once 100 skywalks are ready at 76 train stations in the city. Around 60,000 hawkers including those at Fashion Street and Linking Road would be accommodated in the proposed skywalks. Each pitch will be measuring 1.5m x 1.5m and would be allotted to two vendors. Both MMRDA and BMC will be constructing 50 skywalks each and would be responsible for accommodating 30,000 hawkers each. The first skywalk that will come up is between Bandra (East) and Bandra-Kurla Complex. We spoke to some hawkers to know their views about this decision of MMRDA and BMC. If implemented, the decision will go miles to arrest the chaos and congestion that prevails around Mumbai’s lifeline. With cameraperson Abhishek Gaekwad, Shailendra Upadhyay for NMTV News.
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