BMC has decided to suspend license of street vendors who do not keep garbage bins outside their stalls.
At a monthly review meeting of municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta with 24 ward-level officers directions were issued to begin action against hawkers who, despite warnings, have failed to place bins.
“We will first identify such hawkers and then show-cause notices will be served to them. If they do not keep bins despite this, we will suspend their licences considering that BMC is the licence-issuing authority,” said an official.
BMC recently found that despite 95.55% house-to-house garbage collection being done, it has been unable to eliminate open dumps.
“We continue to see garbage being thrown at these open dumps. Later, we realised this garbage was coming from commercial establishments and mostly hawkers at markets, station areas and other high footfall areas, which did not keep bins. Those selling street food were generating a greater quantum of waste. Therefore, it was decided that if a hawker does not have a bin, action would be initiated against him,” said a civic official.
“If required, hawkers can request the vans to visit the area twice a day, but throwing garbage at open dumps will not be tolerated,” said the official.
Activist G R Vora, from Sion, said , “Most unlicenced hawkers dispose their waste in drains, choking them up. BMC should immediately act against them,” said Vora.
Marine Drive resident Mahendra Hemdev said the move should have come earlier.
“Where there are hawkers, there is bound to be litter. If one sees Marine Drive promenade, you will notice how clean it is, mainly as no hawkers are allowed there. Therefore, it is a good move that BMC is making it mandatory for hawkers to keep bins outside their stalls,” said Hemdev.