Bandra eatery revamp work upsets residents
Increasing noise and traffic due to rising number of plush restaurants opening across Bandra, Khar and Santacruz has been a bane for the residents.mumbai Updated: Jan 30, 2011 01:01 IST
Increasing noise and traffic due to rising number of plush restaurants opening across Bandra, Khar and Santacruz has been a bane for the residents.
But now Bandra residents have decided to take matters in their own hands.
In addition to complaining to the local corporator, more than 15 members of various advance locality management (ALM) groups in Bandra on Saturday assembled outside Just Around the Corner, which is being renovated and renamed to Eat Around the Corner, and confronted the restaurant authorities.
“This restaurant has been blatantly violating municipal corporation laws. They have constructed an eight-feet high wall on the corner of the road, thus obstructing the view of motorists taking a right turn. Civic laws permit a six-feet high boundary wall,” pointed out Yorick Fonseca, member of the 15th Road ALM.
“On Tuesday, they dug up the pavement without permission from the civic body. And when we enquired with the restaurant, the security personnel started arguing with us,” added Fonseca.
“The issue about the height of wall pertains to the building department and the complaint should be directed to them. However, the compound boundary wall should be five-ft high,” said a senior officer of the H-west ward at Bandra on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
The residents had approached the restaurant owner twice earlier, but received only false promises of rectification. "This time we have approached our local corporator and will also be sending written complaints to various civic authorities," added Alvares.
Local corporator Kavita Rodrigues said: “On behalf of the residents, I have made oral complaint to the civic officials and they assured me of conducting a spot inspection and issuing the notice to the restaurant. On Monday, I will personally visit the spot and give written complaint to the municipal corporation.”
Besides the noise caused because of renovation work carried out until late in the night, residents also complained about the restaurant encroaching upon the pavement.
"People, especially senior citizens, cannot walk on the pavement because of the potted plants kept by the restaurant authorities to beautify the entrance. Walking on the road is out of the question due to the heavy vehicular traffic. There is only a three-ft wide footpath left, and if they keep plants, where will the senior citizens walk?" asked Veera Alvares, chairperson of the Town Planning Scheme-3 Citizen Group.
The restaurant authorities have removed the potted plants from the pavement and claimed that the renovation work stops before 10pm.