HDFC Bank on Tuesday said it would remove the metal spikes outside its Fort branch in South Mumbai after a Twitter user criticised the installation. On March 25, images of the spike posted by journalist Simon Mundy went viral on social media. He condemned the bank’s response to “Mumbai’s homelessness crisis”.

“The spikes are not only a depressing gesture towards Mumbai’s many rough sleepers, but could also impale any pedestrian unlucky enough to trip and fall in this crowded passageway,” Mundy tweeted.

The bank expressed its regret over their installation and apologised for the inconvenience caused. “We are having the spikes removed on priority,” HDFC Bank tweeted.