Bombay Gymkhana to face BMC action for using parking space

Terming it as illegal, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is now set to take action against the club.

Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Published:August 4, 2016 2:28 am

WEEKS after the agreement which provides for a special permission to the Bombay Gymkhana to use a section of the footpath on M G Road for parking expired, the civic body has received complaints that members of the club are still using the space.

Terming it as illegal, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is now set to take action against the club.

The special permission given by the civic body since 1997 was to allow parking at a prime location like the M G Road opposite Fashion Street only to members of the Bombay Gymkhana on a quarterly or biannually basis.

The agreement however expired last month, after which the club owners have approached the civic body for an extension, this time for an entire year.

A senior civic official pointed out that the special permissions given to the club expired on July 15 and the members cannot use the space any longer.

“Being a responsible club, the Bombay Gymkhana is expected not to use the space for parking when the permissions have expired. Just by merely applying for an extension, they cannot continue to use the space without permissions. We will be taking action against them as per the rules,” said the official.

He added that the traffic police should also take action and remove the vehicles found in unauthorised parking zone.

The club’s proposal for extension of the permission for parking on M G Road has been pending with civic chief Ajoy Mehta for a couple of weeks as another parallel proposal of shifting hawkers from the footpath in front of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station to the same location is yet to be approved.

The proposal to shift the hawkers is part of a larger project focusing on the beautification of the area close to the CST station as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

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At a previous standing committee meeting, corporators such as Samajwadi Party’s Rais Shaikh had raised objections as to why special consideration should be given for an ‘elitist’ club when earlier corporators were not allowed to park their vehicles near the BMC building in Fort.

He had also alleged that the club was running a restaurant without the required approvals. The members of the standing committee have planned a visit to inspect the club’s premises on Friday.

Despite efforts, the officials of Bombay Gymkhana were not available for comment.

arita.sarkar@expressindia.com

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