As Rishi Kapoor begins reconstruction of the family bungalow Krishna Raj in Pali Hill, he will have to conform to not only BMC regulations but also rules set by fellow denizens.
The Pali Hill Residents’ Association -worried that constant movement of men and machinery will ruin the neighbourhood’s beauty and quiet -have handed a list of guidelines to the actor, warning him that any deviation could lead to fines and legal trouble.
According to the guidelines, construction work should be carried out only between 8 am and 7 pm; only one dumper truck will be allowed in the area at any given time; and no part of the road or sidewalk should be blocked.
Kapoor has been asked to ensure that no debris is dumped on the road, noise levels are kept in check and people living in the vicinity are not disturbed because of the construction work.
Kapoor told Mirror that residents had made reasonable demands and he would follow the rules like any other citizen. The 63-year-old actor has often spoken on civic issues and joined a protest against a flawed hawking policy last year.
Kapoor and his wife Neetu are turning Krishna Raj into a multi-storey home and are currently in the process of moving the furniture out.
Their son, Ranbir, had faced angry complaints from local residents last month after renovations at his seventh-floor apartment in Vastu Pali Hill, which is close to Krishna Raj, went on till late in the night. Residents report edly called the police to stop the work.
We don’t want this to repeat again. Some celebrities living in Pali Hill take rules for granted and do whatever they want. We have now started sharing a list of guidelines to anyone who has undertaken home renovations or repairs,” said Madhu Poplai, secretary of Pali Hill Residents’ Association. “We gave the list to the project manager of Rishi Kapoor and asked him to submit the detailed construction plan.”
The association’s letter clarifies that members are not against any work approved by authorities. “This is not the first time we have laid down such guidelines. We had earlier set some condi tions for the work at the properties of Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar,” said the association’s chairman, Amitav Shukla. “It’s very simple: the digging and hammering cannot go on the entire night. We are ready to take people to court if they disturb the peace of the society.”Kapoor termed the demands ‘very much fair’. “We are a society and there is a certain discipline to be followed. They are not unfair in doing this and this shall be kept the way it is,” he said.