It appears that the projects under the department of parks and gardens in the city, for which Rs 43 crore had been earmarked, will not see the light of day. For instance, plans for the highly anticipated estuarian park at Mahim creek, which was announced in last year’s budget, is yet to take off.
A provision of Rs 5 crore had been made for the estuarian park at Mahim creek. However, according to sources, the tenders for the project have still not been floated. A source said, “The consultant that was appointed to check the feasibility of the project confirmed that the project was not viable.” S S Shinde, joint commissioner of BMC, said, “There is no progress on this matter, as the land belongs to the collector and we are yet to receive an NOC from them.”
Interestingly, even though the funds that had been earmarked for projects during the last year’s budget will lapse in March, the 2013-2014 budget has passed a new proposal of development of creek areas after conducting a proper study of the area.
Additionally, boundary walls and walkways are also on the agenda, if the current proposal is passed in the General Body meeting. Shinde said, “The mangroves and creek areas would be developed in such a way that no ecological disturbance is caused. We are planning to develop the mangroves as well as the creek areas as parks. But, it is too early to speak about this as nothing has been decided as yet.”
Mahim creek park
The Esturian Park planned near Mahim creek, at a cost of Rs 5 crore, was to include walkways, benches and new foliage.