While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bombay Gymkhana are locked in a tussle over the footpath opposite Fashion Street which is being used as parking area by Gymkhana members, the state government has now jumped into the fray saying that the land belongs to it and permission from concerned authorities should be taken before taking any decision regarding it.
The Gymkhana wants the BMC to extend special parking permission while the civic body wants to relocate hawkers from around the CST on the same land.
Meanwhile, collector of Mumbai city, Ashwini Joshi has written to civic chief, Ajoy Mehta stating that the parking area does not fall under the BMC’s jurisdiction and permissions from the concerned authorities should be taken before taking any decision on the footpath’s use.
A senior official said, “This letter from city collector is a setback to us as it reveals that the land belongs to state and was given to the public works department for maintenance and thus the civic body cannot be the sole decision maker on the future use of the footpath.”
Darius Udwadia, president of Bombay Gymkhana, said he did not wish to comment on the matter.
This is also likely to delay civic body’s plans of shifting hawkers from CST as a part of its beautification plans. “With this letter we will now need permissions from other authorities and it will not be an easy task,” said another senior official.