PERTH: Indian-born billionaire Pankaj Oswal and his wife Radhika have told workers building their $70 million mansion in the Australian city of Perth that they should not consume meat on the site, stirring a controversy with a construction union hitting out at the ban.
The massive mansion, located in the exclusive suburb of Peppermint Grove here, is expected to be finished at the end of next year. It will have a swimming pool 10 times bigger than the average back yard, an observatory, a gymnasium the size of a regular Perth house, a beauty salon as well as parking for 17 cars, Perth Now reported on Sunday.
The Taj-on-Swan mansion is likely to become the largest home in the country, on the most expensive block of land.
The Western Australian construction union criticised the ban on building workers eating ham sandwiches and meat pies at the building site.
The ban was "absolutely wrong", said Joe McDonald, who is Western Australian assistant secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.
"She still wants them to build her $70 million mansion, but she's telling them what they're going to eat... it's wrong. I respect everybody's right to practice their religion, but I totally disagree with anyone forcing it on others.
"That has caused more wars and destruction throughout the world than anything else I know of. If people are working on the job and they want to have a ham sandwich or a bacon and egg sandwich, they should have one," he was quoted as saying.