CITY’S OPEN SPA­CES UN­DER THREAT

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NEW POL­ICY PASSED

In a set­back to the fight by cit­i­zens’ groups to save Mum­bai’s open spa­ces from fall­ing into pri­vate hands, the Sena and BJP had pushed through a plan to al­low adop­tion of play­grounds and recre­ation grounds by pri­vate en­ti­ties

ITS IM­PLI­CA­TIONS

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

THE OP­PO­SI­TION

Ac­tivists fear the pol­icy could see the re­turn of the care­taker pol­icy, through the back door

CM STEPS IN

As the crit­i­cism grows, CM Deven­dra Fad­navis asked BMC chief Ajoy Me­hta to re­view the pol­icy

Fad­navis told Me­hta on Fri­day to take the cit­i­zens’ ob­jec­tions into con­sid­er­a­tion.

The Hin­dus­tan Times has been run­ning a cam­paign since 2006 to en­sure the open spa­ces should re­main ac­ces­si­ble for all cit­i­zens as they are pub­lic prop­er­ties.

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