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Bombay HC refuses relief to hawkers operating near railway station

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today refused to allow a group of to do business within 150 metres of any suburban railway station.

In an interim order, a division bench of justices A S Oka and R I Chagla refused to direct the (BMC) and the local police not to evict around 150 from near Dadar railway station in the city.

The had contended in their petition that they have been selling flowers, incense and other articles of worship in the Dadar area for over three decades.

Recently the BMC and police started evicting them from the area citing a November 2017 high court order that prohibits hawking within 100 metres of religious sites and within 150 metres of educational institutes, hospital, markets and railway stations, the petition said.

However, in its order, the high court had made an exception for hawkers who sell only items of worship, the petition said.

The BMC argued that the site where the petitioners operated falls within the restricted 150-metre area near a railway station, so the exception won't apply to them.

Noting this, the judges said "considering the situation around these stations that remain crowded throughout the day, any interim relief cannot be granted," and posted the case for detailed hearing later this month.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 22:20 IST