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‘Car park planned at Matunga a safety hazard’

mumbai Updated: Nov 21, 2009 01:03 IST
Amrita U Kadam
Amrita U Kadam
Hindustan Times
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Civic Improvements Committee members have strongly opposed the proposal for a multi-level car park next to Matunga station.

The proposal will be formally put before the committee, which approves change of reservation of plots, on Saturday.

The 1,120 sq mt area marked for the car park is a residential plot and the committee’s approval is needed for any civic project to take shape there.

Committee members said such open spaces near stations are vital in emergencies as they allow quick dispersal of people and can be used by the fire brigade and ambulance personnel.

“We have been to the site. We don’t want it to be used for parking… The plan doesn’t look feasible,” said committee chairman Yashodhar Phanse.

The state Urban Development Department had asked owners of such plots to allow such car parks in return for relaxed construction norms.

In their observations, committee members Vidya Chavan, Upendra Doshi and R Thavai said the plot was barely 30 mt away from the station and was hemmed in by shops on one side and a civic market on the other.

Members also said residents use the land during the Ganesh festival.

“Nearly 65 cars are parked there every day even now; 100 can be parked if the police chowkie on the plot is moved elsewhere,” said Doshi.