A group of South Mumbai residents yesterday launched a campaign to protect open spaces from being taken over by the BMC by organising a candle light rally in the garden at Cuffe Parade.
The rally, held under the aegis of the Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA), was attended by residents along with the members of the association.
BM Chaturvedi, vice chairman, CPRA, said, “Over the past 25 years, our association, along with its 5,000 members has taken the initiative to develop the CPRA GREENS garden in Cuffe Parade.
The garden is a result of the hard work taken up by members.” He added, “We have been bearing all the costs of maintenance and beautification and suddenly, we are faced with this arbitrary decision by BMC to take over the open space.”
The plot was handed over to the Association as a barren land and the residents pooled in and spent about R5 crore to convert it into a park.