BMC had to shut down the open art gallery which was made available for upcoming artists at Kala Ghoda’s K Dubhash road due to the artists' lack of response, BMC took this step. It was initiated by Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray. On 23 October 2016, Aditya Thackeray inaugurated the open art gallery with an aim to transform Kala Ghoda into Mumbai's Times Square. He met BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta for the same and the latter gave the green signal for the same.
The one day rent for the art open gallery was Rs. 450 which failed to garner the artists. It went on for first 12 Sundays but later the number went down. 20 boxes were created for artists to showcase their talent.
“We asked JJ School of Arts students to showcase their art at the open art gallery but nothing happened. Due to the BMC elections, we could not pay attention to the open art gallery. As artists stopped registering, we gradually decided to close it down. But we are planning to start it again,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner, A ward.
However, Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray said that they have kept the art gallery closed due to the non-availability of students. He further added that once holidays get over, they will start the art gallery from the third week of June.