The city is likely to get one more open space as the civic body on Monday cleared purchase notices for a 412-sqm plot reserved for a garden and social welfare centre in Ambivli, Andheri (West).
The proposal to purchase this privately owned plot for Rs1.98 crore had to be cleared before February 22. This open space is marked as partly garden and social welfare centre in the Development Plan (DP) and as the civic body failed to buy the plot, the owners had sent purchase notices asking the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to buy the plot within a stipulated period.
According to the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act, a plot reserved for public amenities should be acquired by the local government for development as per the reservation mentioned in the DP within 10 years of approval of the city’s town planning. The owner can serve notice to the corporation under section 126 of the MRTP and ask the civic body to purchase the plot. If the corporation does not purchase it, the reservation will lapse under Section 127 of the MRTP. However, the plot has to be purchased within 12 months of the owner issuing the notice.
In this case, the owner had served notice to the BMC on February 21, 2011, and it would have lapsed on February 22, 2012. “We have cleared the proposal as it was urgent,” said mayor Shraddha Jadhav.
“There are still two other plots on the agenda,” said Bhalchandra Shirsat, chairman of the civic improvements committee.