In a gesture that moved his would-be neighbours, Sachin Tendulkar has sent a letter apologising for "inconvenience" caused due to construction activity on a plot in suburban Bandra where he is building a new house.
Surprised by Tendulkar's letter that was hand delivered, about 100 residents in the Perry Cross Road area, where the cricketer's new abode is coming up, have welcomed the little master's gesture.
"He is very humble and a true gentleman. He has not only won our hearts on the field but also moved us by this sincere gesture. We extend our full support to him," said Yvette Gonsalves, resident of Perry Cross Road.
"Disturbance during any kind of construction work is inevitable. But Tendulkar need not worry about it. We are whole-heartedly welcoming our new neighbour," she grinned.
Tendulkar who had bought the sprawling Dorab Villa earlier this year, is dismantling the existing structure to build a new multi-storeyed house.
The work at the site commenced two months ago. Presently, piling work is on to locate the foundation of the bungalow which is expected to be ready within a year.
However the hectic construction activity has drawn attention, with neighbours discussing the `disturbance'.
"Residents of some buildings said that they could not take a nap in the afternoon and senior citizens are also being disturbed. Tendulkar's letter has won their hearts," said a watchman.
However, not all are surprised by Tendulkar's gesture.
"We know he is a very down to earth person and hence I am not surprised by his approach," Sushil Doshi (75), a resident of adjoining Superstar society, said showing Tendulkar's letter.
"It is good to know that he also took notice of the noise being caused by the construction activity. We extend our full cooperation to him," said.
He also said that whoever is coming to his house, they are asking him to show Tendulkar's letter.
"My grandchildren were also very enthusiastic to see the letter. We are going to preserve it," said Doshi.
Local corporator Asif Zakaria applauded Tendulkar's move. "It is good to know that such a big person understands problems of the common man", he said.
The letter dated December 5 reads:
"My dear neighbours,
You must be aware that I have purchased a plot on Perry Cross Road, and the piling work for the construction of my house has already started. I was there at the site when the work commenced and I am aware of the noise generated by the machine. I want to reassure you that I will make sure that the work is done in a manner causing least inconvenience to all.
Your cooperation is appreciated and I look forward to moving into the neighbourhood soon."