The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun its compliance on its 2017 notice to demolish a portion of actor Amitabh Bachchan’s Prateeksha Bungalow for the purpose of road widening.
The BMC has given notice to the Bollywood actor’s family that a part of their Pratheeksha bungalow plot will be necessary for the widening of the Sant Dnyaneshwar Marg road.
The BMC has also given instructions to the survey officials of Mumbai Suburban Collector City to demolish the exact portion of the building necessary for the road widening project.
Sant Dnyaneshwar Marg connects the Chandan Cinema locality to Link Road towards the Iskcon Temple.
Speaking to ANI, Advocate Tulip Brian Miranda, Municipal Councilor told, “The BMC had given notice to actor Amitabh Bachchan in 2017 about this situation under the road winding policy. The wall of the plot adjoining Bachchan’s bungalow was taken and drainage has been created. But Bachchan’s house has been left untouched”.
“When the notice was issued, why was the land not taken? It belonged to a common person they would have taken it immediately under Section 299 of the Municipal Act notice that says you don’t have to wait for a second notice of appeal”, she added.
She further said that she was unable to get to the authorities until she threatened to go to Lokayukta.
She said , “I wrote to the BMC in Feb 2021. I did not receive a reply so I had a telephonic conversation with the ward officer and wrote to the commissioner but still did not receive a reply. This is a very necessary project because there are two schools, a hospital, an ISKCON temple, and monuments in Mumbai are around. The road winding project has been suddenly stopped just because of Amitabh Bachchan’s Bungalow”.
“I started agitation and followups in February. I am very happy that this work resumed when I said that I will go to Lokayukta if this particular order is not followed and if it notice is not consummate”, she added.