Corporators are seeing red over the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) proposal to put up acrylic sheets in the Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Park at Malabar Hill.
The civic body admits that these gardens come under the ambit of the city’s heritage structures but has not consulted the heritage committee before planning to revamp them. The BMC’s “negligent attitude towards the city’s heritage” angered the Standing committee on Friday.
Admitting that the two gardens are in need of urgent repairs, the civic body wants to raze the ‘summer house’, a canopy-like structure at both the gardens, and replace them with new structures. The BMC wants to put up acrylic sheets over these summer houses, a move severely criticised by standing committee corporators. The BMC has also proposed to replace the railings at the Kamla Nehru Park as they are broken at various points along the boundary of the garden. The total cost of these works, as estimated by an appointed consultant, would be around Rs80 lakh.
Local corporator Pramod Mandrekar said, “There is absolutely no clarity on what the BMC wants to do at both the gardens. They want to spend Rs80 lakh on both these gardens, and they tell us that these arrangements are temporary. Why indulge in such hara-kiri at such prime tourist spots?”
BJP corporator Yogesh Sagar lambasted the civic body for its negligent attitude. “The BMC had shown such negligence even in restoring the Bhau Daji Lad museum, after which it had to be handed over to a private body for restoration.” The Standing Committee has kept the proposal on hold.