Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena’s executive president, wants to save a 1,000-square-metre open space in Mazgaon that was reserved as a recreation ground.
The Hindustan Times had on October 6 published a report saying only seven days were left to start the process of acquiring this open space and if the municipal corporation fails to do so by then, the city will lose this space.
The plot was reserved for a recreation ground under the 1991 Development Plan but the Sena-run Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) made no efforts to acquire it.
Uddhav, who was at Bhagwati Hospital in Borivli on Saturday, said: “Our party will take the necessary steps to retain the reservation of the plot as a recreation ground.”
The civic body’s development rules demand that the owner of such a plot can put forth a proposal to buy the land back if the civic body fails to acquire it within a specific time frame.
On October 14, 2009, architect Prakash Ghariya issued a purchase notice of Rs 2.58 crore for the plot to the BMC on behalf of SK and SK developers.
The state owns the plot but has leased it to the BMC. The corporation has sub-leased the plot to the developers.
This notice period expires on Wednesday. According to the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, the plot’s reservation lapses within 12 months of the date on which the purchase notice is served.
After this, the owner of the plot can use the land the way he wants.
The municipal corporation has only two days to initiate this process.
Shraddha Jadhav, mayor, said: “We have called a special meeting on Tuesday, October 12, to clear the proposal to ensure the reservation will remain on the plot.”
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Congress had written to Jadhav asking her to call a general meeting to clear the proposal before Wednesday.
Mangesh Sangle, MNS party leader in the civic body, told the Hindustan Times: “It is necessary to pass the proposal on Monday so that the process is not delayed further.”
Once the BMC’s general body clears the proposal it will go to the state’s urban development department through the city collector, Sangle said.