The civic body has restricted underground public utility on major open spaces in the city, but has allowed parking space to be developed under Cross Maidan in south Mumbai.
In the two chapters of its Development Control Regulations (DCR) 2034 published on Monday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has said there would be no underground public utilities below Oval Maidan, Cross Maidan, Azad Maidan, Shivaji Park, Nare Park, Jambori Maidan, Five Gardens, recreational ground at Cadell Road in Dadar and all parade grounds.
Civic officials said the underground parking space below Cross Maidan was mentioned in DCR 1991 and hence, has been retained this time as well. “There will be no other development apart from a parking lot below Cross Maidan. This was mentioned in the previous DPs and so, it has been retained,” said a civic official. “The state government’s UD department had sent in their remarks, asking us to retain the parking provision under Cross Maidan.”
This has not gone down well with activists. Nayana Kathpalia, trustee of NGO NAGAR, said, “There is a serious contradiction in the same section of the DCR. The civic body needs to clarify on allowing parking under Cross Maidan.”
Building a parking space under Cross Maidan has a hurdle as a water tunnel passes under the ground. This tunnel mainly provides water to areas such as Colaba, Kalbadevi and Malabar Hill. Section 53 of chapter X, special provisions of the DCR, states that underground public utilities such as electric substation/ distribution/ receiving station, sewage treatment plants, underground parking and shopping may be allowed below the proposed or existing DP roads and open spaces, except the major ones.
The same section states: “Only underground parking shall be allowed below Cross Maidan subject to conditions.”
The DCR has laid down conditions for developing parking space. The entry and exit points of the developed utilities will have to be at least 10 metres away from the boundary of maidans/ parks/ gardens and public open spaces.