A Tough Diet
- Food vendors say the business in Zaveri Bazaar has declined by about 50 to 60 per cent
- Police and civic administration have asked stall owners not to litter khau galis. Garbage trucks now come around thrice a day.
- Vendors have been asked to keep a watch for unattended bags and supicious customers
- Crackdowns on unlicensed vendors. Visible police patrols.
If the next time you saunter down to the Cross Maidan ‘khau gali’ (food alley) in Mumbai and begin to wonder whether you didn’t remember it to have been a great deal more congested, know that you are not alone in perceiving thus. Vendors say footfalls in the gali have fallen since the July 13 serial blasts when two of three bombs went off in similar khau galis at Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House. Straddled on either side by Mumbai’s major railway hubs—Churchgate and Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus—the Cross Maidan khau...