Around 1,150 shops at Dreams Mall in Bhandup were closed on Thursday, as owners sat at the atrium to protest against authorities of the mall. Shopkeepers allege that the management, Housing Development & Infrastructure Limited (HDIL), has not been providing regular power supply to their shops and offices.

Dreams Mall
The shops and office owners at Dreams Mall protested on Thursday, against mall management, which comes under HDIL

According to shop owners, for the last six months they have been facing power cuts every day, making it difficult for them to run their business. The mall has three floors in five wings with shops, and a Carnival Theatre on the fourth floor, which comes under the management.

Along with the shop owners, the housekeeping staff also joined the protest. When mid-day spoke to them, the staff informed that they have not been given their salaries for the last month.

'Lack of security'
Shop owners revealed that the escalator service has also not been functioning properly. They also alleged there is lack of security, especially for women, as the lights at corridors are usually off due to power cuts.

The other side
RP Yadav, the head of HDIL Security management visited the mall during the protest. Speaking to mid-day, he said, “We are trying to figure out the issues of owners in the mall. We assured them that their problems would be resolved at the earliest.  We are planning to install generators so that the theatre and shops get regular power supply.”