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Will review open space policy: CM

The Maharashtra government will review the civic body’s controversial caretaker policy on open spaces, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said in the Assembly on Wednesday.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2010 01:20 IST
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The Maharashtra government will review the civic body’s controversial caretaker policy on open spaces, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said in the Assembly on Wednesday.

The state had stayed the policy under which 49 open spaces in the city were to be given to private parties and allow them to build on a portion of it.

Activists have been strongly opposing the BMC’s move.

“Citizens will have a say in the decision to give away open spaces for their maintenance,” Chavan said. Chavan also said that the state would frame a new policy to restrict the height of skyscrapers in certain areas of the city to ease the pressure on Mumbai’s infrastructure.

A panel comprising officials from the Urban Development Department and the civic body and infrastructure experts will analyse available infrastructure in different parts of the city and help frame the policy.

Opposition leader Eknath Khadse had pointed out that an unrestricted number of skyscrapers, especially in the island city where infrastructure such as roads, water supply and parking are not in place, would have an adverse effect.