The indefinite Hunger Strike by the Mulund Retailers Called Off Finally
The indefinite Hunger strike by the Retailers of Sant Jalaram Bappa Municipal Market, which was called on 1st November 2010, was finally called off on 12th November. It has been over 12 days and the strike was finally called off by the Retailers as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally persuaded the retailers that they would seek an enquiry with regards to the matter and submit an official report within a month's time.
Sant Jalaram Bappa Municipal Market was demolished due to its dilapidated structure, and was shortlisted for Redevelopment. But it seems, BMC had failed to follow the tendering process and had directly gone on to appoint a developer. The shopkeepers were evicted from their galas, and the structure was thus demolished. The retailers of these shops tried seeking justice but when their efforts turned futile, they were left with no option other than calling on an indefinite hunger strike. Thus on November 2nd, 2010 around 11 retailers had gone on an indefinite hunger strike. Within a couple of days Three of the retailers had to be admitted for not being well.
Within these 12 days, the site of Sant Jalaram Bappa Municipal Market was visited by many officials of BMC including the Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar and BMC Standing Committee Chariman Rahul Shewale. But it seems the meeting went futile and no development seemed to happen with regards to the issues which caused the Indefinite hunger strike by the Mulund Retailers. However on 12th of November, the BMC Officials stopped the ongoing construction work on the site of Sant Jalaram Bappa Municipal Market and convinced the retailers that they would conduct an enquiry and submit a detailed report within a period of one month. The retailers have hence, called of the strike and are planning to wait for the detailed report which can explain the things further.