Twitter protest prompts bank's Mumbai branch to remove anti-homeless spikes
Published : Mar 27, 2018, 12:24 pm IST
Updated : Jul 6, 2019, 3:32 pm IST
Growing social media outrage against HDFC Bank prompted Head of Corporate Communication, Neeraj Jha, come forward to take stock of situation and declare that the spikes are being removed. (Photos: Rajesh Jadhav)
HDFC Bank recently decided to install iron spikes outside their gate at the Fort branch in Mumbai.
However, the bank's unusual decision caused quite a stir.
Photos of the dangerous iron spikes were shared on social media platforms with a lot of people raising concerns that these could harm pedestrians, elderly and even children.
According to local residents, the sharp metal spikes, over three inches tall, which pose a danger to passers-by as well, were installed last week soon after the bank on Nanik Motwani Marg was renovated.
Following the social media uproar against the private bank, Head of Corporate Communication of HDFC Bank, Neeraj Jha, came forward and thanked Twitterati for bringing the news to their attention. He also assured them of removal of spikes.
Notably, these are not the first time such 'anti-homeless spikes' have been installed in urban places. Back in 2014, outside a posh apartments in Southwark Bridge Road in the borough of Southwark, such studs were installed drawing a lot of flak.
The bank, on Tuesday, removed the nail structures and replaced them with flowers.