In a letter to the Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, Mayor Sunil Prabhu has demanded that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) not accept any proposal from the state government to construct a heliport at the Royal Western Indian Turf Club or the Mahalakshmi Race Course. Prabhu’s party Shiv Sena is keen on converting the race course into a theme park.
“For a long time, we have been saying that Mumbaikars need a place they can enjoy with their families and also get some fresh air. The state government cannot ignore the demands of the common man and cater to a special class who will benefit from the heliport,” Prabhu said.
The BMC owns only 2.54 lakh sqm of the race course’s 8.54 lakh sqm of land. The state government owns the remaining 6 lakh sqm.
While the Shiv Sena wants a public garden on the lines of Hyde Park in London, the government has been pressing for a heliport.
“There will also be safety questions if the heliport is developed, because any private helicopter can land in the city. I had also written to the CM last week that this move by the state government is completely against the will of any resident of this city,” Prabhu added.