The BMC administration has once again started taking possession of the open spaces which are being controlled by NGOs and social institutes. On Monday, the Garden department of BMC issued notices to 12 such parties which include an institute of former MLA Ramesh Singh Thakur, Prajapita Brahmakumari, etc.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had directed the civic authorities to take possession of 216 gardens, play grounds, open spaces for entertainment after BMC improvements committee approved the concerned NGOs and societies to maintain these open spaces.
Following the CM’s orders, the BMC authorities have gradually started the procedure of taking possession of these spaces. The BMC has succeeded in taking possession of the 156 open spaces out of 216. The civic authorities were allegedly not taking possession of the open spaces belonging to institutes of political leaders and some other organisations. They started doing this only after Ravi Raja, opposition leader in the BMC, raised voice against it.
The BMC authorities on Monday issued notices to the concerned lease holders for taking possession of 12 grounds and open spaces in areas like Kandivali, Parel, etc. Two play grounds belonging to the College of Science and Commerce run by former MLA Ramesh Singh Thakur in Kandivali and two other grounds of Zagdusingh Charitable Trust. Besides this, two plots in possession of Prajapita Brahmakumari in F-South ward will also be taken into possession by the BMC.
Interestingly, the BMC has not taken any action against the Prataprao Ghogle ground in the ITC though it was among the first such parties served notices.