Hawking zones to get delayed as Mumbai civic body yet to form zonal panels

Past its May 15 deadline to form seven zonal town vending committees (TVC), the civic body has set up only four so far. This will in turn delay the entire hawking policy under which the number of hawkers and hawking zones will be decided and demarcated in the city.

Apart from the central TVC, the 20-member zonal committees will handle hawkers’ registration, issuing of licences and demarcating vending/non-vending and restricted zones for hawking. The panel will also work as a redress committee for both hawkers and citizens. Despite advertising applications for interested citizens thrice since December, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been unable to fill the vacant seats on the 20-member zonal TVCs.