In 1985, the Supreme Court in the Bombay Hawkers Unions vs Bombay Municipal Corporation directed that each city should formulate schemes which would include hawking and no-hawking zones. Unfortunately, the municipal corporations either shy away from initiating action or further complicate the matter. Mumbai provides a classic case of the latter as a result of which the Supreme Court directions have remained unimplemented. Similarly, even though many High Courts have pronounced favourable judgements, they have been ignored by the corporations and municipalities.


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