BMC reacts to HT report, will scrap construction rule
MUMBAI: It’s a big victory for the city’s fight to protect open spaces. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), following a report in the Hindustan Times, has decided to scrap the much-exploited rule that allows construction on open spaces marked as recreation grounds (RG).
Civic chief Ajoy Mehta promised to scrap a provision in the 1991 development control regulations that allow 15% construction on RGs, a day after HT pointed out how BMC had re-designated at least a hundred open spaces as RGs — giving a back-door entry to private entities taking over these plots to construct gymkhanas and exclusive clubs under the new open spaces policy.
HT has been consistently campaigning against the new policy, along with citizen groups.
HT’s report also pointed out that on BMC’s new ‘designation survey’ list were iconic spots such as Fort’s Horniman Circle, Azad Maidan, Cross Maidan and Oval Maidan, all of which were tagged RGs even though they have been used as playgrounds and gardens for decades.