Mumbai (The Hindu): The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the railway police intensified action against illegal hawkers at railway stations on Monday, two days after workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) vandalised stalls and evicted hawkers.
The MNS has sought action against hawkers to widen walking space on railway bridges and avoid accidents like the stampede at Elphinstone Road railway station last month, which killed 23 people. The party had set a 15-day ‘deadline’ for the BMC to take action, failing which it had threatened to take matters into its own hands. The deadline lapsed on October 20.
Though the exact number of hawkers evicted was not available, roads near major stations like Dadar were entirely clear of hawkers on Monday afternoon, with police personnel keeping watch. Vans from the BMC’s anti-encroachment department were also seen stationed near various railway stations.
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