The Bombay High Court Friday disposed of a petition filed by the Bombay Gymkhana against the civic body’s plan to take over a portion of the club land for road widening. The court said there had been no breach of law and the BMC could carry out out its work in accordance with the law.
Anil Sakhare, BMC’s senior counsel, told the court, “The petition is not maintainable. It is very premature at this point. We are still conducting a survey and had visited the place for mapping and inspection, all in accordance with the law.”
In the petition, the Bombay Gymkhana objected to the widening of Hazarimal Somani Road and said the BMC had not followed the due process of law. The petition was filed after the BMC asked collector Ashwini Joshi to hand over the club land to it.
The gymkhana has alleged that the civic body has been illegally and forcefully trying to take away portions of the land under the guise of road widening. The land the civic body wants is used as a parking space for members.
The petition also alleges that the Gymkhana was not given any offer to respond. “The officials marked certain portions of the land and orally informed us that the demarcated portions marked in yellow would be acquired for the purpose of road widening. Besides, the Development Plan-2034 doesn’t mention a proposal for road widening and no portion of the lease land is shown to be forming part of the road line,” the petition said.