Care-taker policy on open spaces passed

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Mumbai, Nov 22 (UNI) The ruling Shiv Sena-BJP combine in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation today passed the care-taker policy regarding open spaces in the city, despite stiff opposition from the Congress and NCP corporators.

According to the policy, the care-taker of an open space can construct on 25% of the land and keep the remaining land open.

The opposition in the BMC wanted the Improvement Committee to pass the adoption policy, wherein the adopter can construct a small hut or a chowky on the land, and has to keep the plot open for the commonman throughout the day.

Congress corporator and member of the Improvement Committee, Amin Patel said ''it is totally unconstitutional for the ruling Shiv Sena- BJP to pass the policy despite severe opposition, and the decision should have been taken after seeking the opinion of the citizens of Mumbai.'' Upendra Doshi, Congress corporator, said, ''the open spaces in the city are being given away to private bodies and organisations that are run by Shiv Sena- BJP leaders, and if the policy is cancelled they stand to loose huge sums of money they charge as memberships.'' Improvement Committee chairman Yashodhar Phanse said ''the administration had made the proposal and we have only recommended it to the U D department and if the opposition wants it can oppose it there as it is under the Chief Minister.'' UNI

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