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Seperate committee to be set up to consider hawkers issue in Mum: CM

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Mumbai, May 5 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said a separate committee would be set up to look into the demands of hawkers in Mumbai.

He was speaking to a delegation of hawkers forum led by union leader Sharad Rao at Mantralaya here today.

Mr Rao demanded that the amount of fine levied on hawkers doing business on ''no hawkers zone'' by the civic authorites be reduced and said that the civic attack hawkers and confiscate their goods thereby curtailing their right to livelihood.

There are about two lakh unauthorised hawkers and 15,000 licensed hawkers. There are 341 streets in the city, that have been declared ''hawker zones'' and 105 roads are hawker-free.

Similarly, there should be no hawkers within 150 meters of the railway station and 100 meters of school buildings, Chief Minister said and told the delegation that if they had any problems regarding the BMC order based on the SC judgement, they could give a memorandum to the committee, which will be set up soon.

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