Municipal Commissioner Subodh Kumar has suggested changes in the way the city’s open spaces are developed. The changes might reignite the debate over the city’s failure to preserve open spaces. HT has been running a campaign on the issue since November 2007.
In order to grant more power to citizen groups, Kumar suggested that they get financial concessions while bidding for the right to maintain open spaces. This would give them the upper hand against private clubs looking to build gymkhanas on the grounds.
“The open space policy changes are being considered and I would not like to comment on it now,” Kumar said.
The civic body is also considering a new policy aimed at clearing open spaces of encroachments by bringing them under the slum rehabilitation scheme, Kumar said. Shanties on plots earmarked for open spaces would be included in rehabilitation schemes of nearby slum colonies.
Kumar discussed the policy changes at a high-level meeting on Monday, said civic officials requesting anonymity. HT reported the proposed changes on September 14, 2010. Officials at the meeting said Kumar asked the administration to fast-track implementation of the changes.