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  Metros   Mumbai  01 Nov 2018  Booth owners threaten stir against MBMC

Booth owners threaten stir against MBMC

THE ASIAN AGE. | SURESH GOLANI
Published : Nov 1, 2018, 1:26 am IST
Updated : Nov 1, 2018, 1:26 am IST

The stall owners, however, have raised a question mark on the credibility of the survey and have termed it as “biased”.

The hunger strike will be held under the aegis of the Shiv Sena affiliated ‘Aarey Stall Dharak Sanghatana’.
 The hunger strike will be held under the aegis of the Shiv Sena affiliated ‘Aarey Stall Dharak Sanghatana’.

Mumbai: Around 87 Aarey Sarita and Mahananda milk booth owners in the twin-city are staring at an uncertain future, as the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) in an alleged ploy to wipe them out has stopped renewing their licenses since last week.

Fed up of apathy, the booth owners have united to register their protest and will launch an indefinite hunger strike against the civic administration if the renewal process is not initiated within a week.

The hunger strike will be held under the aegis of the Shiv Sena affiliated ‘Aarey Stall Dharak Sanghatana’.  “Despite being recipients of authorised stalls under the government scheme, for nearly two decades, the MBMC has been orchestrating a conspiracy to get rid of the booths and snatch the livelihood of the poor beneficiaries,” alleged Sanjay Sawant who is spearheading the protest.

While civic officials claimed that decision of non-renewals was taken in the wake of complaints followed by a survey which revealed that several milk vending booths were in an inoperative mode while others were used for other purposes, even as some were illegally leased out.

The stall owners, however, have raised a question mark on the credibility of the survey and have termed it as “biased”. “What is the fault of those who are dutifully engaged in their work and have been paying taxes regularly,” said Sawant.

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