Demolition drive rolls onto Linking Road

The H-West ward pulled down illegal encroachments of restaurants and shops at Bandra’s most famous street

After demolishing the illegal front portions of prominent Pali Hill eateries, the H-West ward of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) continued its demolition drive and pulled down several illegal encroachments in Bandra and Khar Danda areas.

Smaller shops were also torn down, which led to a lot of scrap on the road. Shop owners claimed that they were not given any prior notice. Pics/Satej Shinde
Smaller shops were also torn down, which led to a lot of scrap on the road. Shop owners claimed that they were not given any prior notice. Pics/Satej Shinde

Illegal front portions of popular restaurants such as The Fatty Bao, Bru World Café and Monkey Bar were razed. Several illegal shops on Bandra’s popular Linking Road were also demolished. Smaller shops were also torn down, which led to a lot of scrap on the road. Shop owners claimed that they were not given any prior notice. About 70 shanties were demolished in Khar Danda.

The steps outside Vijay Sales, which were encroaching on the footpath, were also demolished
The steps outside Vijay Sales, which were encroaching on the footpath, were also demolished

The H-west ward office removed eight illegal stalls, five unauthorized boards and 10 encroachments on open spaces. The illegal front portions of the three restaurants were broken down along with the steps to Vijay Sales, which were on the footpath. Besides this, 50 hawkers were also removed. The ward office had put in place one JCB, two dumpers, one lorry and one encroachment van for the drive.

Drive to continue
Ankit Harsora, the manager of Vijay Sales, said that they were not given any prior notice.

A spokesperson for The Fatty Bao said, “The BMC team pulled down the retractable awning, which is in front of the restaurant. Our teams are working to ascertain the matter.” Civic officials from the H-west ward
office called this a routine action that may continue next week.

Voices

Akhtar Qureshi, Readymade garments shop owner
We were not given any prior intimation. We were barely given five minutes to collect our goods. All these years, no action was taken against these shops. Now suddenly, the BMC came and demolished them. I think there is a lot of politics behind this. Those in favour of the powerful are spared, those who are not face the axe.

Sureshbhai Rita, Garment shop owner
Shouldn’t they at least give us prior intimation? We are lucky that none of our staff got hurt. I have incurred losses worth lakhs. I’m not even sure what is the exact figure. Why have they suddenly taken up a drive here?

70
The number of shanties demolished in Khar Danda

50
The number of illegal hawkers removed from the roads

10
The number of illegal encroachments demolished in the drive

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