Your open spa­ces at stake as Sena, BJP clear pol­icy

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - San­jana Bhalerao san­jana.bhalerao1@hin­dus­tan­

In a set­back to the decade-long fight by cit­i­zens’ groups to save Mum­bai’s last open spa­ces from fall­ing into pri­vate hands, the BJP did a U-turn and helped the Shiv Sena push through in the BMC on Wed­nes­day a plan to al­low adop­tion of play­grounds and recre­ation grounds by pri­vate en­ti­ties.

This new open spa­ces pol­icy could curb free pub­lic ac­cess to the city’s 1,068 such plots, which to­gether come to about 1,200 acres. This fear stems from the fate of the nine big plots handed over to pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der the ear­lier care­taker pol­icy that was stayed in 2007, within a year of com­ing into ef­fect. The nine plots — five are with politi­cians from rul­ing al­lies in the BMC — still re­main in pri­vate hands and pub­lic ac­cess to them is se­verely re­stricted.



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