Road named after Priyanka Chopra's father irks local residents

The road in Andheri named after Priyanka Chopra's father Dr Ashok Chopra has attracted some unwarranted attention from local residents of the area

The naming of a road in Andheri after Priyanka Chopra’s late father, Dr Ashok Chopra, apparently inconvenienced the local residents of the area in Mumbai. According to some locals, the entire event created ‘a lot of nuisance' for people staying in the vicinity. The road was being revamped and a pandal was being erected till late in the night, much beyond the deadline of 10pm. This is said to have created problems for the locals.

In pictures: Road named after Priyanka Chopra's father Dr. Ashok Chopra

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra at the inauguration of the road. Pic/Kaushik Thanekar

Says social worker Prakash Gidwani, who stays in the same area, "Yes, it's true. There were many complaints from the neighbouring societies. There are a lot of senior people who stay in and around this area and they faced problems due to the work being done till late at night."

Gidwani adds, "I don't have any personal agenda against anyone but there are many other people after whom our roads should be named. I would have appreciated it more if the road was named after a freedom fighter or for that matter, one of the soldiers who died for the country. In fact, there were reports that Priyanka built this road but it's not true. The BMC took charge and built it. I have also sent a text message to the local corporator suggesting that the road be named after a senior freedom fighter."

Another resident, who stays close to Priyanka's building, says, "We had to face a lot of problems due to the road being revamped. Our cars were towed in the morning and also many roads were shut during the naming ceremony. Things should have been executed in a smoother fashion."

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the road on Monday along with Priyanka's mother, Madhu Chopra, and the actress' brother Siddharth Chopra.

Priyanka Chopra remained unavailable for comment.

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