BMC officials said a notice has been issued to actor Shah Rukh Khan to remove the illegal ramp outside his bungalow; sources close to the actor, however, denied receiving any notice
In a triumph for people power, the BMC has issued a notice to actor Shah Rukh Khan to demolish the illegal ramp constructed outside his Bandra bungalow, Mannat.
The ramp runs along the actor’s bungalow and is often used to park his vanity van. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
The action came within a week of local MP Poonam Mahajan writing to the civic body, after local residents approached her over the matter. The ramp runs along the actor’s bungalow and is often used to park his vanity van.
mid-day’s report on January 29
Citizens have complained, however, that it prevents them from using a considerable portion of an important road and blocks the way to Mount Mary Church from Bandstand.
mid-day has covered this dispute between the Bollywood star and other Bandra residents over the years, and reported recently, that Mahajan had written to the municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte about it on January 29 (‘It’s Poonam Mahajan vs Shah Rukh Khan in Bandra’, February 3).
Last afternoon, a notice was issued to the actor, and he has been given a week to demolish the ramp. If he fails to do so, the BMC will remove the ramp and charge him for expenses. However, sources close to Khan claimed that they hadn’t received any notice yet.
Mahajan, who set the wheels in motion with her letter, said, “I haven’t seen any documents regarding the notice; I have only heard the news via the media. I have done my work. The residents had approached me as they were suffering, and I wrote the letter only because I felt for the cause.
My letter wasn’t against any individual or organisation. The convenience of the common man is my prime motive. If the BMC has initiated action, I welcome it.”
Sanjay Deshmukh, additional commissioner of BMC, said, “We did issue a notice to Shah Rukh Khan, but any action will be taken after seven days. I cannot comment any further.”
“We checked with officers in the BMC and came to know that the notice has been issued. This is a big victory for us, as we have been fighting for a long time for the ramp to be removed. After Mahajan’s letter, the BMC has finally woken up. The earlier leader had not even sent a letter despite repeated requests from us,” said activist Nicholas Almeida, from the Watchdog Foundation, who has been following up on the issue for nearly two years now.