BMC scrutiny finds only 23,265 eligible hawkers in Mumbai

In its bid to regularise hawkers in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has found only 23,265 eligible hawkers in the scrutinisation of hawkers in the city. BMC been scrutinising 99,437 hawker registration forms. “We have given the remaining 76,172 hawkers 30 days time to submit necessary documents, which mainly includes domicile certificate,” said a civic official.

Ward officers of the 24 administrative wards will send notices to the 76,172 hawkers to submit the documents. In 2014, BMC had received registration forms from 99,437 hawkers. The civic body began the process of scrutiny after it received the nod from the state government in January. In January this year, the state government had cleared its hawkers’ policy, which allows anyone with a domicile certificate to be considered for a hawking licence. Only one member from each family will be allowed to hawk. It also allows the sale of pre-cooked food on streets, after the high court prohibited roadside cooking.