mid-day impact: Will bring back Vijay Manjrekar's name board, says BMC

Nov 24, 2016, 08:00 IST | Hemal Ashar and Aparna Shukla

The signboard in contention is located near Gokhale Road in Dadar
The signboard in contention is located near Gokhale Road in Dadar

A day after mid-day reported about how the Vijay Manjrekar Lane in Dadar has been surreptitiously renamed after a little-known godman, the civic body swung into action and pulled down the wrong street sign.

Officials told mid-day that a new signboard with the cricket legend’s name has been sent for painting and will soon be up in the lane.

The signboard has been removed and sent for repainting
The signboard has been removed and sent for repainting

mid-day had reported about the issue in its evening edition of November 22. Manjrekar Sr played 55 Tests for India and scored 3,208 runs with seven centuries.

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Vijay Manjrekar
Vijay Manjrekar

Following mid-day’s report, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta asked his officials to investigate the issue and take remedial action.“We have already removed the board and sent it for repainting,” said Ramakant Biradar, assistant municipal commissioner, G-North Ward. “And we will make sure it doesn’t happen again. The confusion could have happened because in the city, the boards keep changing.”

Happy with BMC’s action
Sandesh Manjrekar, the yesteryear batsman’s nephew, said he was happy with the civic body’s prompt action.

“We stay right in front of the board but never noticed the change,” he said. “I saw it only after mid-day reported about it and I’m really impressed with the way the paper highlighted the issue. A lot of tall personalities came forward to discuss the issue and offer their support. We would like to thank everyone.”

Mischievous attempt
Local Corporator Sandeep Deshpande, promised to find out how the mistake had happened and to take stringent action.

“It’s a mischievous attempt by somebody,” said Deshpande. “According to the rules, no one can replace signs and boards and in the records too, it says Vijay Manjrekar not Jambhekar Maharaj, so it’s completely wrong. I have asked the Ward Officer to take the required steps and strictly avoid reoccurrence of such cases again.”

When mid-day contacted Dnyneshwar Jagdale, trustee of Shri Jambhekar Maharaj Seva Samiti, he said the Samiti did not order the change of the sign and even trustees have no clue about how it got there.

“I can only surmise that the old Vijay Manjrekar nameplate must have fallen off or something or somebody may have filched it,” said Jagdale. “The civic authorities must be having a new nameplate which is of Jambhekar Maharaj. They must have painted Vijay Manjrekar over it but the paint may have worn off and so the old lettering Jambhekar Maharaj must have become visible once again.”

Manjrekar Sr jinxed?
Manjrekar Sr seems to be jinxed, as earlier in November 2015, his name was removed from the changing rooms of the Wankhede Stadium. When mid-day pointed out the change to the authorities, it was rectified in March 2016.

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