Hinting at a builder-official nexus coming in the way of civic amenities benefiting citizens, the standing committee of the civic body on Thursday demanded a white paper on all reserved amenity plots that are not in use, despite having been constructed.
Of the 1,255 plots reserved for various buildable amenities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved construction of amenities on at least 419 plots across the city, civic data has indicated.
Rahul Shewale, committee chairperson said, “There are many plots in the city where amenities like markets or welfare centres have been constructed. However, they are being illegally used by builders. This deprives citizens of rightful amenities.”
Shewale directed the civic administration to conduct an enquiry within a month, and said that plots where these amenities have already been constructed will be handed over for public use within six months.
He further directed the BMC to conduct an enquiry into plots that had been reserved for amenities in the 1991 development plan but were yet to be handed over.
According to civic data, there were 308 such plots that had been acquired by the BMC since 1991 but were yet to be developed.