The efforts of Khar residents to get a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation-owned plot for a local police station has got a boost with the civic body initiating steps in that direction.
Recently, a team of BMC officials visited the Khar plot, currently occupied by a health post and the possibility of accommodating a police station, too, was discussed.
Two months ago, then Mumbai police commissioner Sanjeev Dayal threatened to close down five police stations in the city, including the one at Khar, due to poor working conditions, if they were not rebuilt or relocated. The Hindustan Times was the first to report this and also the efforts of Khar residents to get a new police station.
Several meetings were held between residents and civic officials and as a result additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said she would visit the spot to resolve the issue.
During the visit, Mhaiskar inspected the civic health post and directed the civic officials to prepare the relevant proposal.
The proposal will consider the area of the plot, built-up area, available FSI on the plot, expansion of the existing veterinary dispensary as requested by the health department and remaining area or FSI to construct a police station.
“The health department has requested that the existing veterinary dispensary be expanded. We will consider the police station after the expansion,” Mhaiskar said.
Also, as the plot is reserved only for a health post, the civic body will have to get a provision incorporated in the city plan to allow a police station on it.
“A proposal will be sent to the civic improvements committee and after their approval it will be used for a police station. Approval from other competent authorities will be needed too,” Mhaiskar added.
Corporator Ashish Shelar who was present during the visit said, “We have worked out a solution through which both a police station and a veterinary operation theatre can be accommodated on the same plot.”
Nitin Gadekar, secretary, Khar Residents Association, said, “We are happy with the positive approach of the civic officials. We hope some solution is worked out and the police station get a bigger space.”