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Mumbai traffic could be hell Fri evening

Vijay Singh in Mumbai | February 20, 2004 08:52 IST
Last Updated: February 20, 2004 15:44 IST

If you plan to step out on Mumbai roads this evening -- in your car, on your bike, in a taxi, busor autorickshaw -- here is a piece of information you can use: over 100,000 men and women are going to be out there blocking traffic at 40 odd spots between 1600 and 2100 IST.

And to make matters worse, Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati will hold a rally at Shivaji Park in the evening. Thousands are expected to come.

Over half-a-dozen hawkers' unions have threatened to disrupt road traffic all over the city (see box) on Friday evening to protest against the lack of clarity in the government's hawking zone policyand high fees and penalties.

There are more than 100,000 men and women registered with these organisations. But the organisers of the protest believe that hawkers not registered with any organisation will join in too.

The Mumbai Hawkers' Union, Lohia Vichar Manch and Azad Hawkers' Union are among the unions taking part in the protest.

Mumbai Hawkers' Union presidentSharad Rao said: "Approximately 100,000 hawkers will participate in this movement to stop the city's traffic at 40 odd spots.It will be for a small period... it won't create much problem for the common man."

The small period Rao has in mind -- 1600 to 2100 IST -- is the peak evening rush hour.

Are the authorities worried?

Deputy Commissioner (traffic) Manoj Lohiya said: "We are expecting traffic problems during this period [1600 to 1900 IST].We will try and regulate traffic.At some important traffic junctions, bigger traffic jams are possible.We are not going for major traffic diversions, only a few localised diversions depending on the immediate situation."

Joint Commissioner ofPolice (law and order)Ahmed Javed told "We are making arrangements to deal with the situation.We will not allow anyone to disturbtraffic movement in the city. If anyone tries to disturb traffic movement forcibly we will take action against them.We will deploy our forces at places where the unions are planning to stop traffic."

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Sharad Rao is becoming a nuisance to commonman and woman everytime there is an election. Earlier George Fernandez used to hold the city at ransom ...

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maharashtra government should impose restrictions on sharad rao and he should be booked under pota for disrupting internal normal life of bombay

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Who will protect the cars and the public in it. Why shld the Hawkers make the common man suffer. As it is they occupy space ...

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While One understands the plight of the hawkers, no one should be allowed to disrupt the traffic. In case there are emergencies like patients being ...

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If a situation like this arises then the Traffic Commissioner should do something to avoid such traffic jams. Since for the fault of the government ...

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