Shiv Sagar, Salt Water Grill among SoBo eateries facing BMC’s wrath
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Thursday, demolished illegal extensions of half a dozen popular eateries on Veer Nariman Road in Churchgate.
The affected restaurants include South Bombay favourites like Samrat, Shiv Sagar, Chopstiks and Salt Water Grill. The BMC had served a 48-hour notice to these restaurants on June 20 to free the spaces or face action under under section 351 of the MMC Act.
Other restaurants like Gaylords, Kamling and Pizza by the Bay were also served notice. But, they approached the court and managed to get a stay.
According to BMC officials, the restaurants had taken over compulsory open spaces and illegally extended their premises. After the owners failed to take action within the stipulated time frame, a sizable unit of BMC and police officials visited the restaurants and demolished the illegal extensions in a day’s time.
Following complaints, Lokayukta ML Tahaliyani had taken suo-motto cognisance of illegal extensions by SoBo eateries and asked the BMC to take the necessary action. Residents from the area have welcomed the BMC action and are hoping that the restaurants don’t flout rules again in future.
A few weeks back, the BMC had taken action against over 100 eateries who had made illegal extensions in the Bandra and Khar areas.