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Don’t commercialise our locality with food trucks, say residents in Mumbai

Mumbai city news: Residents say there will be traffic snarls because cars are parked there all the time

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2017 10:45 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times
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The food truck at Perry Road in Bandra.(HT)

It has been five days since the launch of the Mumbai Food Truck Park in Bandra and Perry Road Residents Association is already opposing it.

The residents said they did not want any commercialisation of their residential area.

“We do not want this locality to become another Union Park, Linking Road or Hill Road,” said Dwayne Pereira, a photographer.

In 2015, the group had written to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), demanding that no business-related activities be allowed in their neighbourhood. The petition was supported by Ashish Shelar, the MLA of Bandra (West) .

“I have always believed that there should be no commercial activity in a residential complex. The area in question is a peaceful locality, so I will ensure that it remains that way. I will meet the ward officer and DCP with the residents and see to it that action is taken,” said Shelar.

Since the lane in question is narrow and requires police monitoring during peak hours, residents believe that there will be traffic snarls because cars are parked there all the time, now that the food truck park has started.

Anil Joseph, chairperson of the association, questioned the legality of the park saying that according to the Motor Vehicles Act, one cannot cook in a vehicle. “How can the BMC give permission for something that is prohibited by the RTO?” he said.

The senior police inspector of Bandra police station said he had not received any complaints regarding the issue, but agreed that cooking in vehicles was not permitted.

However, Royston Misquietta, founder of Bombay Food Truck Company, clarified that they had a no-objection certificate from the owner of Anthony’s Garage, on whose premises the food trucks operate.

He added that they ensured that there was no commotion on the day of the launch.

“Bandra needed a food truck park, and we have just provided that. We are causing no harm to anyone. From noise pollution to the waste generated, we are abiding by the rules. In fact, people are quite happy with the service we provide,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sharad Ughade, ward officer, H-West, said that he was not aware of the issue. “If it is unauthorised, then action will be taken,” he said.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 10:45 IST