The Revival Citizens Group, comprising citizens of Bandra West have written to BMC’s Chief Engineer,Development Plan, Ashok Shintre, to include ‘nightclub’ as a user in the new development plan (DP) of the city.
The group is opposing the reopening of a nightclub on the 27th Road in Bandra West, which was recently bough by Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra.
The residents have requested Shitre that while making a plan for the city, nightclubs should be regarding as a separate category and should have specific for its functioning.
The residents asked that a designated plot should be set aside for nightclubs after consultation with people residing around the plot. Also, the nightclubs should be granted licenses according to certain clauses that should be stated under the category ‘nightclubs’.
“The present development plan was formulated two decades ago and does not recognise ‘nightclub’ as a separate user. And therefore, nightclubs fall under the ‘restaurants and bars’ category and are issued licenses after checking if it adheres to hygiene issues,” said Shintre.
More than 1,300 residents living in the 36 buildings in the residential area where the club is located have protested against the nightclub owned by Kundra, which is scheduled to kick off in January. The residents said that having a nightclub in a residential area will lead to noise violations, parking issues and social nuisance.
“The functioning and existence of a nightclub in an area has different implications to that of running a restaurant. It cannot be compared. The new development plan that is in the formation process should include nightclubs and make sure they do not spring up in the middle of a residential area,” said Manuela Saldanha, Secretary of the citizens group.
The letter written to Shintre stresses the ‘need to include nightclubs as a ‘user’ and have clauses like calling for
objections and suggestions from the neighbourhood to find out their opinion on the same’.
“We will look into the issue and see how the nightclub clause can be included,” Shintre said.