The next time you take your child to the public park in your locality, you will not get hustled out by park attendants by the time it gets dark.
In a move to make the city’s open spaces safer, more convenient and more accessible, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to install closed circuit television cameras, build toilets and extend the timings.
Accordingly, the civic administration will be sending directions to all wards to collate a list of public open spaces where the programme can be put in place.
Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner, said, “We need to provide more facilities to people who visit the open spaces.
"We are looking at getting private parties to build toilets and recover the cost by operating them. We also plan to install CCTVs in our open spaces so that there is a sense of security.”
Currently, most BMC-run open spaces shut between 7pm and 9pm — a process that is sometimes arbitrary, depending on the inclination of the local staff.
The BMC has now decided to extend the timings to 11pm. “Most people in the city don’t reach home before 9pm, so we are looking at extending the timings of our gardens.
"We will start off with a few plots and see whether it is practical from the security point of view and then decide whether to extend it to the other gardens as well,” Gupta said.
Activist Nikhil Desai, resident of F-north ward, which has many BMC-run open spaces, objects to the plan to build toilets.
“Going by their dismal record in maintaining toilets, I dread the thought of having to deal with such stench in our open spaces. But, extending the timings is a welcome move, provided the BMC appoints security guards.”