Mumbai's open space warriors win! CM asks BMC to take back open plots

Jan 20, 2016, 20:44 IST | Tanvi Deshpande

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis directs civic body to acquire 200-odd BMC-owned plots presently with private organisations on adoption basis

In a victory for the city's open space activists, after months of struggle, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently directed Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta to review the RG/PG policy and ensure that all the open spaces be utilised for Mumbaikars.

Fadnavis has also directed the civic body to acquire the 200-odd plots owned by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that have presently been given to private organisations on adoption basis. mid-day has the list of these 200-odd plots. The list throws up some interesting names such as Cuffe Parade garden, Colaba Woods, Mai Mangeshkar garden at Shivaji Park, etc.

The BJP received tremendous flak recently after its corporators supported the RG/PG policy along with Shiv Sena in the BMC. They were accused of letting the policy pass but they maintained that they had not voted in support of it. Following this, not only did the CM ask for a review but also the corporators demanded a re-discussion in the general assembly. As of now, the policy is not being implemented and the BMC is in the process of re-acquiring these plots. About 36 have already been served notices.

Some of the others that will be served notices in the future include:

Priyadarshini Park

Cuffe Parade Garden

Colaba Woods

Garden at Bandstand

Amarsons Garden

Mai Mangeshkar Garden, Shivaji Park

Meenatai Thakre Garden, Andheri east

Bhakti Park garden, Wadala

Garden next to Shyam Narayan Thakur school, Kandivali

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