Officials of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) and the police appeared before the Karnataka High Court Circuit Bench here on Thursday and submitted an action plan pertaining to the creation of hawkers’ zones in the twin cities. A Bench, comprising Justice Ram Mohan Reddy, had recently expressed reservations over HDMC’s failure to implement the Supreme Court’s direction in 2005, regarding hawkers’ zones in Hubli and Dharwad. The Bench had also directed HDMC to submit the action plan before November 31.
The High Court had issued directions based on a writ petition filed by the Hubli Hotel Owners’ Association, questioning delays in the creation of hawkers’ zones.
Following the High Court directions, HDMC Commissioner Y.S. Patil and Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner B.A. Padmanayana, along with HDMC and police officials, conducted a joint survey of different areas in the twin cities in the past two days. Mr. Patil told The Hindu that HDMC officials had submitted information regarding places identified for hawkers’ zones. He said 15 places in Hubli and seven in Dharwad had been identified.