Pune Cantonment Board withholds written notice as Kayani Bakery finally stays shut
The bakery continued to be operational, though staying open on Wednesday for only two hours. On Thursday, the shutters were finally down.pune Updated: Oct 12, 2017 22:28 IST
One of Pune’s cultural and food icons, Kayani Bakery, finally stayed shut following a verbal notice from the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) issued on Monday.
The bakery continued to be operational, though staying open on Wednesday for only two hours. On Thursday, the shutters were finally down.
Earlier, the sub-area commander along with the PCB had passed a verbal order of closure on three establishments in Camp - Kayani Bakery, Kwality restaurant and Bagban restaurant, following a joint inspection by the PCB and Defence Estates Office (DEO) officials. Although two of the establishments closed immediately, Kayani Bakery operated on Wednesday.
The PCB, however, to tackle the situation of illegal commercial establishments in Camp area, held a meeting with advocates in presence of PCB president Brigadier Rajiv Sethi on Thursday, to discuss the future plan of action.
Although, earlier, the PCB had decided to send a written notice demanding closure of Kayani Bakery, this has not yet happened. “We have not yet sent the written order. Talks are in process right now to decide what to do next. We have spoken with our advocates in presence of Brigadier Sethi, but that is all for now,” said D N Yadav, chief executive officer (CEO) of PCB.
“I understand that only a verbal notice has been issued, but the fact remains that they have been operating illegally since 2006, which in itself should drive them to discontinue this. A verbal reminder should have stopped them,” Yadav added.
Despite repeated attempts, Kayani Bakery owners refused to make any statement.
Shrewsbury in Camp, and the other bakeries
At least two other bakeries in Camp that are just as famous as Kayani, though not for Shrewsbury biscuits if the word on the street is anything to go by, claim the closure of Kayani has not affected them yet.
“We have our own name and our sales of Shrewsbury biscuits have not at all been affected by the shutdown at all. Our clients are separate and they continue to be loyal to us,” said a spokesperson for Royal Bakery on M G road, requesting anonymity.
“Shrewsbury biscuits is not really our specialty, so the shutdown hasn’t affected us. We have our own clients coming in,” said Rohinton Irani, owner of Imperial Bakery near Pul Gate.