The city’s open spaces policy may take a little longer to come into effect with members of the civic body’s improvement committee rejecting it as anti-citizen on Friday, and sending it back to the administration.
In the policy, the BMC has proposed to demarcate plots and hand over 25% of it to those it was giving it to on a caretaker basis, after the body/trust paid the BMC for the upkeep of the entire plot. The BMC said that open spaces would be handed over after a bidding process and that it wanted to encourage local citizen groups to enter the bidding process.
Corporators, however, said the administration had admitted the private sector would be given priority in the policy, which is why they were opposed to it. They said as the administration was hell-bent on introducing the policy, they now wanted to ensure certain changes were made to it.
The committee will send its suggestions by May 20.