The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) rejected a proposal to acquire around 2000 sq metre plot in Kurla reserved for a park. The proposal was rejected on the ground that there is an encroachment at the plot and it also falls under the funnel zone.
The proposal to acquire a total 1978.2 sq metre in Kurla village in L ward had already been cleared by the improvement committee, and it was tabled before the general body on Thursday for approval.
However, the opposition alleged that the ruling party that always claims that it will not allow open space to be grabbed by builders voluntarily rejected the acquisition. Shiv Sena corporator Anant Nar and member of the improvement committee objected the proposal pointing out that the plot has been encroached, and it will not be useful for the civic body.
After the proposal was put on record, the opposition walked away from the meeting alleging that Shiv Sena did not make any effort to get this plot.
BJP group leader Manoj Kotak also alleged that the proposal was rejected without any discussion. He also asked the civic chief to initiate acquisition of the plot at his own level.
Ashraf Azmi, Congress corporator from Kurla and member of the Improvement committee said that the cost of the plot was decided at around Rs 3.71 crore. “The BMC can’t get such a big plot at such a minimal price. It could have been used by poor residents of Kurla,” said Azmi.
The civic body had received the purchase order of the said plot on July 2017. As per the rule, the civic body had to complete the acquisition process in two years. Since one and half years already passed, the opposition believes that the possibility of acquisition is bleak. “The trend will be repeated in days to come and civic body will lose plots meant for garden, park and playground,” said Azmi.
- The proposal was rejected on the ground that the plot is encroached and falls under the funnel zone.
- Leaders of opposition fumed that its hard to get such a big plot at such cheap rate