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High-rises usher in towering woes for residents

mumbai Updated: Feb 11, 2012 01:10 IST
Naresh Kamath

Long time residents of G-south ward have a common grouse – the sudden spurt in skyscrapers and luxury projects, some of which are the city’s costliest, in the area. Residents feel that these towering structures put a strain on the already-limited resources in the ward.

Balkrishna Lingam, 30, a resident of BDD chawls in Worli, rues the frequent water cuts in his area. “This was not the case two years ago, but now it’s a perennial headache. Our water has been diverted to these new skyscrapers,” he said.

Mahadeo Dole, a Lower Parel resident and former mayor of the city agrees. “The BMC gives them new, big pipelines, we are left with the old ones,” he said.

Both water supply and pressure have gone down over the last couple of years, owing to a slew of new constructions that have sprung up all over the ward. Various luxury projects such as World One – touted to be the tallest building in the world – Palais Royale, Indiabulls Skyz are being built here.

Blaming the civic body for the crisis, state minister for housing and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sachin Ahir said: “There is massive redevelopment work taking place on mill lands. However, instead of arranging for more water, the BMC is diverting citizen’s quota to these building sites,” said Ahir.

However Sena corporator in the ward Ashish Chemburkar denied reports of water shortage. “We have been supplying water efficiently to all. There may be technical issues here and there, but the overall situation is good,” he said.

Citizens are also tired of traffic snarls. “We have no problem with development, but the issue is that there is no corresponding infrastructure,” said Manoj Singh, a lawyer who lives in Gandhi Nagar, Worli. Singh says that it takes at least an hour and half to travel through Worli in peak hours.

Shortage of open spaces is another concern in this ward. “We have hardly any open spaces apart from the Worli seaface, race course and Jamboree Maidan,” said Deoli. Lower Parel resident Mohan Chilivery, 34, said that he has to travel all the way to Prabhadevi to play. Nishant Agarwal, a builder who lives near Worli sea face, said that the state should make it mandatory for builders to create open spaces. “If they are given incentives for such initiatives, it will result in green spaces all across,” he said.