BMC's plan to transfer over a recreational plot to a developer has met a hurdle at Mahul Pumping Station

by Web Desk | Published: 08 Dec 2021

As the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections 2022 approach, the civic administration has chosen another plot to begin work on the much-delayed pumping station at Mahul after being denied salt pan land. The opposition parties in the Mumbai civic body, however, have objected to this decision because the new site is private land, and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will exchange one of its plots for land from a private builder. The municipal commissioner had approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the BMC and Ajmera Developers in September. The opposition, on the other hand, has slammed the move, claiming that De reserving valuable property worth crores of rupees set aside for a garden and recreation area is wrong. The civic authority has been accused by the opposition of favouring a private builder and misusing public funds. Ravi Raja, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) opposition leader and a Congress corporator, remarked. 

 

"I am not opposed to the pumping station plan. It's a crucial one for preventing floods. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been in talks with the Central Government about acquiring salt pan land. The government also claims to have communicated with the salt commissioner several times, but the matter has not progressed. They should have used the Disaster Management Act to get the land." "There is no need to trade a premium site with a private function in this situation." Especially a plot set aside for a garden and as a recreational area. It's only for Mumbai residents. Instead, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) may have provided the developer transfer of development rights (TDR)," he argued.

 

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities, the civic authority will need 15,006 square metres of land to build the Mahul pumping station. As a result, the developer and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reached an agreement on an exchange of 13,390 square metres of land parcel. After receiving clearance from the state government, the civic authority will transfer the TDR to the developer for the remaining 1,616 sq. m.

 

For years, the civic body has attempted to obtain land from the salt commissioner but has received no response. The Mahul pumping station is one of eight pumping stations intended as part of the Brimstowad project, and is one of two stations that have yet to be built. The first two stations, at Irla and Haji Ali, were completed in 2010. In 2019, the building of the sixth station in Gazdarbandh began. In March 2021, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) selected a contractor for the seventh pumping station in Mogra, while the last station in Mahul is still on paper due to delays in land acquisition.

 

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