By Accommodation Times Bureau
Citizens of Mumbai are being divested of gardens and playgrounds as the response of government agencies in acquiring plots for public use is getting lethargic.
A strange reply to a Right To Information (RTI) application has revealed , that there are 166 plots across the city which need to get acquired for schools, playgrounds, gardens, roads, market and vehicle parking plots.
Mostly plots are private and the BMC had reserved them to flousrish for public in development plan (DP-1991). Some plots are vacant,while some others have been encroached upon. The new DP is still in need of clearance .
The collector of Mumbai suburban district was not available for comment. But RTI activist Anil Galgali said, “The collectorates have not done anything to acquire these plots for long due to which people can’t use them. It’s strange that the collectors’ offices have not acquired the plots despite receipt of funds from BMC to compensate landowners”.