BMC, under its Development Control Regulations (DCR) 2034 has plans to turn city’s nullahs, rivers and creeks into spaces of recreation. The city’s civic body tweaked its definition of open spaces by counting these water bodies as open spaces in its DCR.
BMC Chief Ajoy Mehta said, “We will create walkways along the nullahs that can be used for jogging by citizens. We are also planning a 300-acre garden in Cuffe Parade that will also increase the count.”
Of late, BMC has been receiving a lot of flak from city’s environmentalists regarding lack of open spaces in the city.
Many believe that BMC’s tweaked definition is nothing more than a tactic to increase the city’s open space count.
On the other hand, there are also few others who have welcomed BMC’s new move and given it a big thumbs up.