The civic body has no open spaces in the city to set up Mahila Aadhar Kendras (women support centres) that are run by self-help groups. Currently, the city has two centres against the 35 that were proposed.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has Rs 20,000-crore annual budget, hardly spends on women and child welfare schemes.
At the civic committee meeting on Monday, Amita Shah, chairperson of the civic woman and child welfare committee, said the BMC must reserve plots for women support centres in its new development plan. The new plan will be made next year. "The concept is new and there are no plots available for this novel scheme," Shah said.
Shah alleged that in the past two years, the BMC had built one service centre in Vile Parle. “Last year, the civic body had allocated Rs 6 crore for women and child development schemes, but did not spend a single rupee. The fund lapsed,” Yogesh Mahangade, assistant municipal commissioner in-charge of planning department, said: “There are two centres, one in Vile Parle and the other in Andheri. We will try to build more in future.”
Mahangade said the BMC could not find plots to build the centers because there was no such reservation. "We couldn’t allocate funds for the scheme."