Gauri, Aryan watch as ramp outside Mannat demolished


An illegal structure outside Shah Rukh Khan’s home was demolished on Saturday. The episode might have been unpleasant for King Khan, but it was a pleasant surprise for numerous fans to see him lazily hanging about in his house. The shutterbugs caught him as he casually stood on his balcony. To the utmost delight of many, he was accompanied by none other than AbRam and wife Gauri.

An allegedly illegal ramp had stood for quite some time outside Shah Rukh’s mansion Mannat, located in the upscale Bandra Bandstand area. Saturday saw Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolish the illegal structure. It was on this occasion that the family stood outside to watch and the media captured them on camera. Daddy Khan stood on the balcony, wearing blue jeans with a black sweat shirt. Beside him, AbRam could be seen in a white t-shirt strolling near his father. While Gauri Khan couldn’t be clearly seen as she was standing behind the blinds. The three stood there, watching the demolition squad bring down the ramp. Also present were the representatives of Watchdog Foundation- the NGO that led the protests against the illegal construction outside the actor’s residence. Nicholas Almeida of the NGO said, “It was built on a public street and the actor's vanity van was obstructing a substantial amount of the stretch.” As the demolition proceeded, a crowd gathered outside Mannat to see what was going on.

BMC had sent a notice to Shah Rukh last week. Shah Rukh had been given a time of one week to remove the ramp. BJP parliamentarian Poonam Mahajan had filed a complaint and written a letter to Sitaram Kunte- the Municipal Commissioner. The name of the actor wasn’t mentioned in the letter, and it said, “Ramp is known to be used by the bungalow owner to park his private heavy motor vehicle. In view of the safety and convenience of citizens, I request you to undertake demolition of the illegal ramp.” But Shah Rukh took no action after he got the notice. So BMC decided to destroy the structure. BMC team reached with the police on 7 am on Saturday.

Shah Rukh used the ramp to park his vanity van. The residents complained that the ramp blocks the way to Mount Mary Church and obstructs the way to a large part of the road. The actor might even have to pay a significant amount as he didn’t comply with the notice he was served.