A new restaurant,which was inaugurated on Monday at the hands of Mayor Aparna Doke and MLC Laxman Jagtap,has created quite a flutter in the twin town,especially coming in the wake of the fact the civic body has declared its resolve to ensure use of basements only for parking purposes.
Called Bay Leaf Bistro,the restaurant looks like it has come up in the basement of a building in Chinchwadgaon. But its owners as well as officials of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation are claiming that it has come up on the lower ground floor, a concept which civic activists are finding it difficult to digest.
PCMC medical officer Nagkumar Kunachgi said the restaurant has come up on the lower ground floor. The building permission department of the PCMC had given permission for it, he said. My department had okayed the permission for the restaurant after the building permission department gave its approval, said Nagkumar. When contacted,Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma said the permission for the restaurant was apparently given in 2002. But now we are not giving any such permissions. Apparently the civic bye-laws then had permitted the construction of the restaurant, he said.
The owners said they have all the necessary permission received from the civic administration. Everything about the restaurant is legal. We also have a dedicated parking lot. The restaurant has come up on the lower ground floor and not in the basement, he said,on the condition of anonymity. NCP Pimpri chief Azam Pansare was also present at the inauguration. District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar was supposed to inaugurate the vegetarian restaurant,but did not turn.
Commissioner Sharma has been reiterating that his administration was determined to remove shops and hotels constructed in violation of parking norms. The civic body has also issued notices to a few builders asking as to why they should not be black-listed for misuse of parking space.