Now, Ghatkopar joints face civic bulldozer

Published: Nov 01, 2012, 07:18 IST | Urvashi Seth |

After residents complained of traffic snarls and chaos that the eateries cause in the area, BMC officials demolished two juice centres and forced others to shut down

After Bandra eateries faced shutdowns, it’s time for Ghatkopar’s khau galli. After repeated complaints from residents, officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and police cracked the whip on several eateries forcing them to shut down yesterday.

Recipe for demolition: Two popular juice centres were torn down by the BMC after residents complained about the eateries in the area. Pic/Sameer Markande

The authorities demolished illegal structures of two popular juice centres in the area that operate beyond the permissible time limits. Pramod Khedkar, assistant municipal commissioner (N-ward), said, “On Wednesday afternoon, we knocked down two structures. We also seized tables and chairs. We shall take strict action against these illegal hawkers and eateries.”
The demolition drive was the result of a signature campaign that residents of the area had begun. “It is a nightmare to travel in the area or even drive as these eateries serve people on the roads. It is not only Bandra or Juhu people who are facing this menace,” complained a Ghatkopar resident. 
Falguni Dave, corporator and the one who initiated the signature campaign, added that the residents were fed up of the nuisance that the hawkers made as they worked beyond the permissible time limits. “It was only after a long discussion that the signature campaign began,” she added. 
Dave further elaborated that residents in the area would not rest till they ensured that all the eateries were shut and would patrol the area and force closures till all of them had stopped.

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