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Citizens, Cong oppose bmc plan for open spaces

Citizens and the Congress have opposed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) move to try and relax norms to once again allow private parties develop open spaces in the city. HT reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2010 01:20 IST
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Citizens and the Congress have opposed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) move to try and relax norms to once again allow private parties develop open spaces in the city.

At a meeting on Wednesday with Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and civic officials, a delegation of Sena leaders demanded that they should be allowed to develop open spaces just as the BMC allowed the Mumbai Cricket Association to develop 25 per cent of the open plot for Wankhede stadium. Under the BMC's caretaker policy, 25 per cent of an open plot could be developed, but the state stayed this policy following citizen protests. The meeting suggests an attempt to bring back this policy, perhaps in a diluted form.

"Why allow development of any kind on an open space," said activist J.C. Gupta. The Congress is also opposed to the move.

"The state should not vacate the stay imposed on the open plots policy of not handing over a recreation ground or playground to private parties. The BMC should do what development it wants on its own or let the state to do it," said Amin Patel, Congress MLA.

Patel said he would meet CM Ashok Chavan to demand the acquisition of open plots given to private parties.