Plot re­served for gar­den turns into park­ing space

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SAN­PADA: The NMMC has iden­ti­fied a plot at Sec­tor 8, re­served for a gar­den as Hu­tatma Babu Genu ground.

How­ever, due to the neg­li­gence of the civic body, it has be­come an il­le­gal park­ing ground.

Lo­cals claim that area has also been en­croached upon by San­pada police sta­tion chowkie and also a tem­ple, with the civic body re­port­edly turn­ing a blind eye to the en­croach­ments.

Cidco has re­served 6,241 sqm plot in sec­tor 8 of San­pada for a gar­den. It was trans­ferred to NMMC in 2007.

The NMMC, how­ever, re­served it as a ground.

No per­mis­sion was taken from the gov­ern­ment for con­vert­ing the gar­den plot into a ground.

Half the plot area is used by some res­i­dents to park ve­hi­cles. A tem­ple has been con­structed near the en­trance of the ground. No per­mis­sion was taken dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the tem­ple ei­ther.

There is en­croach­ment by San­pada police sta­tion too. A makeshift chowkie has been con­structed. Ve­hi­cles in­volved in ac­ci­dents or seized by the police are parked on the plot. There is also a tea stall in a cor­ner of the plot.

A lo­cal res­i­dent said, “While ac­tion is im­me­di­ately taken against the project-af­fected peo­ple who con­struct need- based houses, noth­ing is done when land for pub­lic use is en­croached in such a man­ner.”

He added, “It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the civic body and also the police to en­sure that no en­croach­ment takes place in pub­lic places. How­ever, no­body seems to care here.”

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Richa Patil said, “I had en­quired with the NMMC ad­min­is­tra­tion and they had con­firmed that the plot is for a gar­den and not a ground. They had also ac­cepted in writ­ing that it has been en­croached upon.”

She added, “I am fol­low­ing up on the is­sue. The ad­min­is­tra­tion should take im­me­di­ate ac­tion in the mat­ter.”

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