Mira Bhayandar residents can breathe fresh air as parks set to reopen

Updated: 17 October, 2020 07:34 IST | Prajakta Kasale | Mumbai

Four months after Unlock started, civic body allows open spaces to operate without restrictions, extends market hours till 9pm

With all parks closed, residents were forced to go for walks on busy roads
With all parks closed, residents were forced to go for walks on busy roads

After four months of unlocking, residents of Mira-Bhayandar got their open spaces back. In an order issued on Thursday night, the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) allowed parks to reopen. mid-day had reported about how residents are having to go for walks on busy roads as gardens and parks were kept closed.

The state government had allowed the reopening of gardens and parks from June itself. Even a city like Mumbai, where the number of COVID-19 patients is much higher, the civic body allowed parks to open in June. However, Mira-Bhayandar residents were left with no options even in October. The MBMC allowed malls and markets to reopen in September.

In the order issued by Municipal Commissioner Dr Vijay Rathod, there is no mention of any type of restrictions.

"We welcome the decision. It will give people some space to breathe in the fresh air," said Krutika Bhoir, a resident of Bhayandar.

"I am very happy about the reopening. It was a much-awaited call. It's a tough time for everyone and I think we shall slowly overcome it if we keep ourselves fit and healthy," said Yash Doshi from, Poonam Nagar, Shanti Park.

The MBMC also extended market hours till 9 pm.

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First Published: 17 October, 2020 07:25 IST

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