Residents of Bandra and Khar are gearing up for what could be the decisive round of their battle against pubs and clubs in the area.
As actor Shilpa Shetty’s Royalty, earlier a nightclub, is all set to reopen as a restaurant and bar at Waterfield Road, residents have turned to their last hope —home minister RR Patil.
Speaking to Hindustan Times Patil said: “I will have to check on the legal aspect of the case and see what would be the best way to deal with it. I will surely look into it and see what can be done.”
Residents had approached Patil earlier as well and had urged him to put an end to the nuisance.
At that time, the home minister had asked the police to stop issuing permits to new pubs and nightclubs.
Anandini Thakoor, chairperson, H-West Ward Citizens Trust said: “We have had enough.
This issue has come to a point of no return. Despite our repeated complaints, the police and the civic authorities are dismissing our concerns. We have decided to approach Patil with the hopes that he will help us.”
Thakoor said Shetty had approached them a few months ago to discuss the matter. “
We refused. We can’t have any negotiations on this issue.”
Manuela Saldanha, secretary of Revival Citizens group, an ALM especially formed to tackle the issue, said, “All that the police have done is call Royalty by a different name. However, that doesn’t change the problem. The issue is that the place doesn’t have any parking facilities, and all he care are parked on the road.”
Recounting an incident where a child who had an asthma attack couldn’t be taken to the hospital, Thakoor said: "Cars were parked outside the gate of their building. Finally, the child had to be taken to the hospital in an autorickshaw.” According to a civic official from H-West Ward, Royalty can open its doors to the public at any time as all the licences have been cleared.
Despite repeated attempts, Shetty wasn’t available for comment.