The 35-year-old Mafco stall located inside the Bhel Plaza at Girgaum Chowpatty in south Mumbai was demolished by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over period of two days – Tuesday and Wednesday – in pursuant to Bombay High Court order.
K Singhvi, counsel for BMC told the division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice SC Dharmadhikari on Wednesday that they had demolished part of the stall on Tuesday and would be demolishing the remaining the structure later in the day.
The stall, considered to be one of the oldest Mafco stalls in the city and spread across over 4,000 square feet was be razed after giving them 24-hour notice. The stall was termed as illegal as it failed to abide by the stall measurement specifications framed by the high court appointed committee which was to look after the beatification of the Chowpatty beach.
The bench also issued notice to the Drishti Adventures Sports Private Limited which runs the H2O, owned by Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty, for allegedly running the water sports complex without valid license.
The counsel for Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) informed the court that they (MTDC) had granted permission to Drishti only to run water sports activities and to store equipments relating to water sports. However, no permission was granted for running a restaurant with a liquor counter.
Rajeev Somani, Chairman and MD of H2O told HT that they received the HC notice in the evening only and they will ensure that are represented by a lawyer on Thursday when the matter is coming up for hearing.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Adarsh Chowpatty Pragati Mandal in 1998 after the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) had demolished all the stalls at the Beach following which the committee was appointed.
The said committee recently moved the court regarding constructions of two stalls including Mafco, which were not according to the approved plan along with menace of encroachments and beggars at Chowpatty.
YR Misra, counsel for petitioner argued that pointed out to the court that the H2O had been running the show without renewing their license.
Somani refuted the allegation stating that they have all the valid licenses since last two years.