Amitabh Bachchan, the Hindi actor, will have a part of his home, Prateeksha, demolished by Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as part of its road widening work aimed at easing traffic woes, ANI reported.
According to the report, on Saturday the BMC started compliance on its 2017 notice to demolish a part of the veteran actor’s home. The BMC had given notice to Bachchan’s family that a portion of their Praeeksha bungalow plot would be acquired for the widening of the Sant Dnyaneshwar Marg road.
Advocate Tulip Brian Miranda, Municipal Councillor, while speaking to ANI, asked why the BMC’s work had been completed for all other houses except for the actor’s house. “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,” Miranda said.
Questioning why the land not taken when the notice was issued, she added that if 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.”
Unhappy with the fact that the demarcation of Bachchan’s house took so long, she said that the road widening project has been halted only because of the veteran actor’s VIP status. She said the project is important as “there are two schools, a hospital, an ISKCON temple, and monuments in Mumbai around.”
The advocate further added that despite repeated attempts, she was unable to get through to authorities till she threatened to go to Lokayukta, the anti-corruption ombudsman organization.
A few years ago, Amitabh Bachchan, and seven others, including Rajkumar Hirani, Oberoi Realty, Pankaj Balaji, Sanjay Vyas, Haresh Khandelwal, and Haresh Jagtani, were served notice by the BMC for ‘illegal construction’.
Apart from Prateeksha, Bachchan also has another house in the city named Jalsha.