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Civic bodies can’t alter reservation of open spaces: Govt

In a move that could protect Mumbai’s open spaces, the state government has decided that civic bodies cannot change the reservation of open spaces marked as playgrounds and recreation grounds in the development plan of the city.

mumbai Updated: Jun 21, 2012 00:56 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

In a move that could protect Mumbai’s open spaces, the state government has decided that civic bodies cannot change the reservation of open spaces marked as playgrounds and recreation grounds in the development plan of the city.

The state has also thrown open the grounds inside many of the city’s exclusive gymkhanas and clubs to citizens, by making it compulsory for any body that has obtained the land through special schemes and at concession to keep the open spaces within their premises accessible to the public.

These clubs and gymkhanas will also have to give students from nearby schools access to their sporting facilities between 12 noon and 4pm at concessional rates, the policy states.

The directive is part of the state’s sports policy, which was given the nod on June 14.

“A government resolution will soon issue these directives to all civic bodies,” said sports minister Padmakar Walvi. “The idea is to make the policy an inclusive one and inculcate in people the habit of playing a sport, which is possible only if the nearby grounds and sporting facilities are available.”