November 14, 1999
MUMBAI, NOV 13: State Labour Minister Hussain Dalwai on Saturday directed the owners of Phoenix mills to present relevant papers regarding letting out the mill premises to tenants, next week to the State Government. Dalwai who visited the controversial Bowling Company located at the mill premises told reporters that officials of the company informed him that it had obtained exemption in a notification issued under the Development Control Act, 1984. He said that apart from the Bowling Company, he has called for the papers of the other 42 tenants of the premises.
The minister visited Bowling Company after he had learnt through the press that the company was illegally run in the premises of Phoenix mills. Accompanied by officials of the labour department and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Dalwai had a look around the Bowling Company, which includes a bowling alley and a pool parlour. He said that a decision will be taken only after hearing the company’s version and after going through the requiredpapers regarding permission obtained by the club.
Dalwai said that the owners of the mills have also been directed to produce papers of other tenants as well. He refused to comment any further but expressed shock at the amount of money lavishly spent by the youth. He said the youths were a stark contrast to the many citizens of Mumbai who sacrificed their Diwali while donating money for victims of the Orissa cyclone.
Dalwai also toured the spinning section of the mills which employs 59 workers. On the way out he stopped to listen to grievances of some mill workers who informed him that they were still to get their Diwali bonus.
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