MUMBAI: After a large debate broke out over BMC Recreational Grounds (RG)- Playgrounds (PG) policy, a voting was held on table at the improvement committee meeting on Monday. However Congress, MNS and Samajwadi party, who joined hands opposing the RG/ PG policy, lost by one vote and the BJP Sena who are in favor of the policy went ahead and passed the policy.

The policy would now be tabled before the general body meeting next month. Congress corporator and improvement committee member Mohsin Haider said, “There is no need of having such a policy first of all when BMC has a budget as huge as Rs. 33,000 crores.”

While bringing the new policy before the political party group leaders in the first week of October this year, BMC scrapped the caretaker policy, which was in the eye of controversy due to misuse of open spaces. The BMC will henceforth allot city opens spaces only on the adoption basis, which does not allow any construction on the plot. However a discrepancy pointed out by citizens is that the policy mentions that all applicants for caretaker having applied prior to December 31, 2014 and can prove to have spent Rs 3 crore on the adopted plot can be upgraded to caretaker status.

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Source: TOI-MUM