Mumbai: Taking exception to the `Bandra
Fair` at Mount Mary shrine in suburban Bandra, some local
residents have moved the Bombay High Court arguing it creates
lot of hardships to the people.
Division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice
S C Dharmadhikari today asked Municipal Corporation of Greater
Mumbai to file a reply by September 1, in response to the
petition filed by Lilian Pais and others.
The fair is organised in second week of September, and
goes on for eight to ten days, but petitioner`s lawyer
Advocate Pooja Thorat argued that it creates a lot of hardship
for the people living in the area.
She argued that the entire area, where hawkers are
allowed to put up stalls, has been declared as "non-hawking
zone" by the committee set up by the Supreme Court in an
Besides, though MCGM allows only 165 hawkers to occupy
four lanes around the shrine, many stalls are put up along
the adjacent roads, she said.
Ambulances and school buses can not ply in the area
during the fair and even the playground in the area is taken
over, she said.
The court however said that people "want playground,
and also the fair".
Corporation lawyer argued that roads are not closed
during the fair, and vehicles can move along.