Mumbai: Pramod Mahajan garden in Dadar open at last!
After mid-day's report revealing how citizens were deprived of the 10-acre Pramod Mahajan garden in Dadar due to a tussle between BMC departments, the park was finally thrown open yesterday
On Sunday, the death anniversary of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, his family was joined by Mumbai in remembering him with the opening of the long awaited Pramod Mahajan Kala Park.
Thanks mid-day, says Poonam Mahajan
There in spirit: The park is named after the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, who — along with the late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray — seemed to be there at the inauguration on Sunday, if only in spirit
This came 11 days after mid-day revealed how the garden had remained closed to the public for eight months due to a tussle between BMC departments (‘10-acre garden in the heart of the city is ready, but you can’t go there’, April 22).
Paying homage: (From right to left) The CM and the Mahajan family (Rekha and Poonam) pay their respects at the late Pramod Mahajan’s memorial at the park as other political leaders watch. Sena heavyweights turned up in strength yesterday; amongst those present were party leader Subhash Desai, MLA Sada Sarvankar and MP Rahul Shewale.
“I would like to thank mid-day for highlighting the issue. Mumbaikars will now get to avail of one of the largest open spaces and green lungs of the city,” said the late leader’s daughter and MP Poonam Mahajan.
Nature and nurture: Pramod Mahajan’s widow, Rekha, and the CM water saplings at the park in a symbolic gesture
The park was thrown open by CM Devendra Fadnavis yesterday. The event was attended by the Mahajan family (notably Pramod Mahajan’s widow, Rekha, daughter and MP Poonam, and son Rahul).
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister
I congratulate the BMC for constructing a garden that fits the persona of the late Pramod Mahajan. He had a lion’s share in the telecommunication revolution. He believed that the golden age would come when vegetable vendors and rickshaw drivers will roam around with mobile phones
Snehal Ambekar, Mayor
The garden was the vision of Uddhav Thackeray, with the intention to create adequate breathing space for the claustrophobic Mumbaikars
Ashish Shelar, MLA and BJP Mumbai president
The garden has been first of its kind to be built on premises that housed a sewage water purification plant. Three lotus lakes have been created out of the same treated water
Total park area: 41,916 sq metres
Plants and flowers area: 25,900 sq metres
Lawn area: 4,000 sq metres
Species: 490 types of shrubs
Plant pots: 5,000
Water coolers: 6
Lotus lakes: 3
Number of trees: over 1 lakh