Niranjan Hiranandani

Ranjit Mahanti

ABI IMPACT: Acting on ABI’s report, dated March 15 and April 26, 2015, which highlighted how Galleria Shopping Centre in Powai running illegal stalls infront of shops, the S-ward in BMC issued notice under MRTP act to top Construction Company Hiranandani group of companies and also illegal shops owners.

On June 24, 2015 S-ward BMC issued notice (copy available with ABI) under section 55 of MRTP act to Niranjan Hiranandani, chairperson of Hiranandani group of companies and shop owners that are running illegal stalls infront of their shops.

“We have issued notice to builder Hiranadani and also shops owners. On receipt of the notice on June 15 the shop owners have replied through their advocates. Further necessary action will be initiated by following due to process of law,” said a BMC official.

ABI reports:

On March 26, 2015 ABI (Akela Bureau of Investigation) has published first article under headline- “28 illegal stalls inside Galleria Shopping Centre Powai, pay Rs. 80,000 hafta to BMC officials.” Sudhir Singh, the Vice President of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), youth wing has complained on March 23, 2015 against illegal stalls inside Galleria Shopping Centre, Powai. The Galleria Shopping Centre management (Joseph Reddy and Ramchandra Reddy) earns Rs. 5, 40,000 rent and pays Rs. 80,000 ‘hafta’ to BMC officials per month to protect these illegal stalls. There are about 28 illegal stalls in the Shopping Centre premises owned by Hiranandani group of companies.

On April 26, 2015 ABI (abinet.org) has published second article under headline- Niranjan Lakhumal Hiranandani failed to fulfill his commitment on Galleria illegal stalls issue.’ After news published on ABI (abinet.org) more than 90 owners of offices and shops, Galleria Shopping Centre met Niranjan Hiranandani on April 1, 2015. They complained against mushrooming illegal stalls outside their shops. Hiranandani assured them that he will take action within 10 days but Hiranandani forgot to fulfill his commitment.

On ABI reports, health department officials of BMC’s S-ward visited the Galleria Shopping Centre and found out that there are a lot of illegal stalls in-front of the shops. S-ward officials also wrote a letter to Joint Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra State and Encroachment Removal Department (S-ward), BMC for necessary action.

“I am thankful to ABI for publishing articles continuing and ward officials who issued MRTP notice to Hiranandani and shop owners,” said Sudhir Singh.

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