The union environment ministry has asked the civic body to keep 380 acres of land in and around the Juhu aerodrome solely as a green open space and not construct any fancy park there.
Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh had requested that the pollution-emitting strip at Juhu aerodrome, currently used as a heliport, compensate by keeping the space around it green and open.
On November 24, last year, he had written to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to develop this area as a ‘wonder biodiversity hotspot’. The BMC initiated the de-reservation process in mid-February, but did not know what Ramesh had meant.
Ramesh said, “I meant the area around the airport be maintained as a green open space for this city starved of greenery.”