Residents of posh areas are not in favour of hawking pitches in their vicinity, reveal the objections and suggestions received by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Residents of Powai Hiranandani have opposed any hawking pitches within their premises. They have received backing of Niranjan Hiranandani, founder and managing director of Hiranandani.The Removal of Encroachment (RE) department of BMC has received hundreds of suggestions after it proposed around 23,900 hawking pitches across the city in the first week of December.Among objections and suggestions the civic body received, a substantial number of residents have opposed hawking pitches or zones in their areas. According to an official from the RE department of BMC, residents of Hiranandani Powai have also raised their objection to the idea of hawking pitches in their area.In their objections, they said that they are fed up with hawker menace in their area and they do not want hawkers allowed within Hiranadani Powai. Senior civic officials have also reportedly visited the area after residents of the Hiranandani Powai opposed hawking pitches.Nidhi Chaudhary, deputy municipal commissioner (special), confirmed that they have received Hiranandani Powai residents’ objections for setting up any hawking pitches in their area.Niranjan Hiranandani has also opposed the idea of hawking pitches within Hiranandani Powai. He said, “No. Certainly not. The residents are very much upset. They have been resisting the idea of hawking pitches within Hiranandani Powai for 30 years.”In December first week, the Removal of Encroachment department of the BMC had put up proposed 23,940 hawking pitches across the city online and sought residents’ objections and suggestions. “We have received encouraging response from residents and are considering many of the suggestions we have received,” said an official from the department.Residents have also suggested that gardens’ open space should be used for hawking once in a week. “We are considering a number of suggestions that we received to include in the final hawking pitches,” said another civic official.WHAT BMC CLAIMSIn December first week, the BMC had put up proposed 23,940 hawking pitches across the city online and sought residents’ suggestions. “We, in fact, received encouraging response from residents, and are now considering many of the suggestions we have received,” said an official from the department.
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