BMC opposition leader demands open spaces with politicians to be taken backcities Updated: May 02, 2017 09:33 IST
In a letter to the municipal commissioner, Ravi Raja, the opposition leader in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has stated that the civic body must take back 60 plots that were given to politicians on an adoption basis earlier.
Since early last year, when the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered BMC to take back all plots given on an adoption basis, 156 of the 216 plots have been taken over by the gardens department. The process was brought to a halt before the civic polls. BMC has also brought in an interim policy which was passed by the improvements committee and will be tabled before the newly-elected general body soon.
“The politicians have built exclusive clubs on these plots, making it inaccessible for common citizens. People have no places to go for leisure. Therefore, it is my demand that the remaining plots be taken over as soon as possible,” Raja has said in his letter.
Civic officials said that they will soon resume the process of taking back the remaining plots. Of the plots to be taken back, many are in control of politicians. This also includes the St Xaviers ground in Parel which is maintained by the Mumbai District Football association that is chaired by Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and Swatantra Veer Sawarkar Udyan in Borivli west and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Kridangan in Kandivli west which are maintained by the Poisar Gymkhana-led by BJP MP Gopal Shetty.