Harried Khar residents have some reason to cheer at last. The civic body has agreed step in to help Khar Residents Association (KRA) save Khar police station, which faces threat of closure.
Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar, who met KRA members, said she had asked the concerned officers to find out if building a new structure could ease this situation and accommodate the police station as well. The KRA discussed the possibility of getting a land occupied by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s health post to build a new police station. Mhaiskar agreed to this proposal, but only if the rules permitted the same. “We understand and appreciate residents' concern for the police station. Therefore I have told the officials to find out if police station could be constructed within limits of available floor space index (FSI) after rebuilding the health post. Besides, we will also have to examine if it can be done as the land was donated for specific purpose (of healthcare facility). After examining, we will put forth this issue to concerned authorities and then the further process will take place.”
Earlier this month, Mumbai police commissioner Sanjiv Dayal had voiced his concern that he would have to recommend closure of five police stations in the city due to their poor status. Khar Police station was one of them and to save it, the residents took up the initiative and the Hindustan Times was the first newspaper to report this matter.