Mumbai : The open air gym installed by actor Dino Morea at the iconic Marine Drive was finally taken down on Friday morning after he received a follow-up notice from the BMC regarding its un-installation. Morea agreed to pull down the gym without requesting for an extension. A notice was earlier sent in December, after the extension given to the gym while the BMC came up with alternate locations for the installations.

The notice that was sent out on Saturday last week suggested relocation of the gym to either the Bhatia hospital area or the Cooperage ground.

The gym was first inaugurated by actor Jacqueline Fernandez and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray in July. It soon hit murky waters after the opposition criticized it heavily, saying it damaged the beauty of a heritage structure like Marine Drive.

BMC’s ‘A’ ward took down the gym right away as it was built under its geographic jurisdiction. However, later a period of three months was given as a trial period for the gym. During this time, a three-member committee was set up to decide upon its feasibility, which included BMC chief Ajoy Mehta, police commissioner Ahmad Javed and Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) chairman Ramanath Jha.

Aaditya Thackeray took to the social media to express his discontent regarding this issue. He said even though he respects Dino Morea’s sentiments, he called the opposition to the open air gym ‘politically motivated’. Referring to BJP MLA Raj Purohit’s accusations that the gym promotes obscenity, Aaditya Thackeray said, “we are in 2016!”.

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