Though the much-needed hawker survey has been underway since November 20th, its one flaw has made it face the residents’ music. People have alleged that this survey organized by a private agency appointed by the NMMC has had no civic official present during the process in many parts of the City.
Though there are complaints from the locals, NMMC officials are denying this allegation and have assured that the civic officials are indeed present for the survey.
“The agency staff in Vashi were doing survey work on Monday without any monitoring from NMMC. This has raised a question about the validity of the survey. Once the survey is done, the civic body will allow space for hawkers and that can result in many illegal stalls coming up in the area,” said a resident, Sanjay Gurav, who was present during the survey.
Officials, however, have denied the allegation and assured that civic officials are present with the agency during the survey process.
The officials said “The ward office has been instructed to provide one staff who is familiar with the area so that there are issues with the survey. This is just the first step. There are many other documents to be provided for allotment which will ensure that only the genuine hawkers benefit,”
Belapur and Nerul already finished undergoing the survey. Turns out that the number of hawkers in two of these suburbs has gone up to 2,000 hawkers.
“Using biometrics and GPS technology the details of hawkers are being logged along with their Aadhar card and mobile number. Those who do not have Aadhar will have to manually fill their details.,” said DMC (Licensing) Trupti Sandbhor.
“From CIDCO, a total of 45 plots have been handed over to NMMC to accommodate the hawkers and another five to set up markets. The licensing department will have to determine the ways of allotment,” said deputy civic chief, estate D Chabukswar.