The Taj Mahal Palace and Towers has been given 15 days to remove “barricades and flower beds” obstructing the footpath in front of the hotel and pay charges for occupying part of the road. In a fresh notice to the hotel last week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had demanded Rs 4.7-crore penalty for occupying road space.
According to the notice, the hotel has utilised road space for exclusive parking on the Merewether Road and Mahakavi Bhushan Marg. Recently, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta had conducted a meeting and instructed officials to take necessary steps against the hotel, said the notice. According to officials, this is the third notice to the hotel in a few months.
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Chandrakant Chore, assistant commissioner of A-ward, which includes Colaba, said, “If the hotel fails to take any action, we will undertake the removal of the obstruction without further notice. The road continues to be obstructed with barricades and flower pots.”
The notice said despite repeated discussions and meetings with representatives from Taj, they failed to pay the dues.
Local activist and Colaba resident Lalit Jain, who has been following up with the civic body on the issue since 2009, said, “The civic body has taken steps after repeated complaints, the footpath should be opened for the public by the hotel.”
When contacted, a representative of the hotel said they received the notice Tuesday afternoon and would take time to go through the document and comment on the issue.