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BMC’s plan to spend Rs 100 crore towards the maintenance of civic gardens comes under fire

The authorities had previously proposed to spend Rs 56 crore for the maintenance of civic gardens in Mumbai as well as Rs 26 crore and Rs 46 crore in the western and eastern suburbs respectively.“What does all will maintenance include?

BMC’s plan to spend Rs 100 crore towards the maintenance of civic gardens comes under fire
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At a recent standing committee meeting, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tabled a proposal to assign contractors for the maintenance and upkeep of 24 wards across the city. This will be reportedly done at a cost of Rs 100 crore. The authorities had previously proposed to spend Rs 56 crore for the maintenance of civic gardens in Mumbai as well as Rs 26 crore and Rs 46 crore in the western and eastern suburbs respectively.“What does all will maintenance include?

Besides, what if there is a need for the development of the garden, who would do the same? The administration has not even brought forth the open spaces policy for the city yet. All these queries should first be answered,” Shiv Sena leader Vishakha Raut said. The BMC proposed this for a period of one year since it also wanted to bring back its open spaces policy.

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This policy would allow private entities to adopt civic gardens in the city, although it’s crucial for the authorities to make sure the right individuals get control of the gardens to ensure that they are maintained in an orderly fashion.   

“The maintenance of civic gardens was being ignored since the official contract period ended, and extensions were being granted by the civic body to existing contractors, who does not show interest in maintaining the space either now,” corporator from Bandra, Asif Zakeria said.

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