Interim open spaces policy causes spark in the civic body

According to the policy, organisations will have to maintain open spaces for a contractual period of 11 months as long as they adhere to the BMC’s rules

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to implement the ‘interim open spaces policy’ by leasing out open spaces that were taken back following the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis's order. However, this decision did not go well with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party leaders who started protesting in BMC against mayor, Shiv Sena & BJP leaders.

On Thursday, the general body of elected representatives passed an interim policy which allows citizen groups, NGOs and private organisation s upper hand to maintain playgrounds, recreation grounds, and gardens. According to the policy, these organisations will have to maintain open spaces for a contractual period of 11 months as long as they adhere to the BMC’s rules.

The policy decision was made in keeping in mind the order given by Fadnavis who asked BMC to reclaim open spaces which were in custody of private organisations in January 2016. After which, the BMC reclaimed 187 of 216 open spaces and are yet to reclaim 29.

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