A week after Juhu residents complained about the illegal encroachment by an eatery to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Minister of State for Home Nitin Raut paid a surprise midnight visit at Amar Juice Centre at Irla.
On January 22, the residents had made a presentation on critical issues through a film titled Common Man to Chavan. Minister of State for Home Nitin Raut was at the meeting.
Following complaints of the eatery encroaching on the footpath, causing traffic congestion and functioning till 3 am, Raut decided to check for himself.
“The residents were fighting against this nuisance for the last three years... but now there is some hope. Raut has promised action very soon,” said filmmaker and secretary of the Gulmohar Citizens Welfare Association Ashoke Pandit.
And on Thursday, 150 volunteers from various NGOs and citizens’ groups gathered outside Congress MP Priya Dutt’s office in Bandra to condemn against “political anarchy and the menace of illegal political hoardings”. They condemned the charges levelled against activists Aftab Siddiqui from Khar ALM-144 and Anandini Thakoor from the Khar Residents’ Association by former corporator Prakash Bobadi, “on behalf of the Bandra Taluka Congress (I)”, on January 24.
“Dutt apologised on the behalf of Congress for filing the FIRs against the activists,” said Thakoor. “Dutt said she would work with citizens’ groups to put pressure on the BMC to remove illegal hoardings.”