Locals at Kalina have alleged that the Kalina Talao Garden, also called the Joseph Baptista Garden, is in a state of disrepair because it was upgraded in 2016 at a value of ₹5.5 crores. They blamed poor upkeep of the backyard as the first cause for its fast deterioration.
This comes because the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a superb of ₹50,000 on the contractor accountable for the maintenance and upkeep of the backyard. However, regardless of these measures, locals say that the backyard continues to be in a poor state.
Local corporator for INC, Tulip Miranda mentioned, “The lawn is drying up, walkways are coming apart and there are no security guards. The garden has become vulnerable to encroachments again. Hundreds use this garden every day and companies are just pouring in. The BMC spent ₹5.5 crore to revive it and create an open space but it is being destroyed. If this is the condition in winter, by summer the whole garden will be dead.”
Further, Miranda has additionally written to the BMC’s gardens division searching for motion in opposition to the contractor. “Imposing small penalties is not going to help. BMC must blacklist the contractor and appoint a new one. Even the BMC-allotted timings are not followed to open and close the garden,” she mentioned.
The Kalina Talao has a 300-year historical past and was a water reservoir at one level with non secular significance. However, the area noticed unlawful encroachments for years, with round 200 shanties housed in the area as of 2014.
It was then was a backyard with sports activities amenities and walkways after a two-year backwards and forwards between the locals and the officers with then corporator Brian Miranda (INC) main the locals’ plea.
“It is an over 30,000 sq m plot. It was brought under CCTV camera surveillance. There’s a football ground near the pond, and space for kids to play. High-mast lights were also installed. Now it looks like we are going back to 2014, and the garden is falling apart. The contractor should be blacklisted,” Brian mentioned on the backyard’s state now.
Deputy Superintendent of the civic gardens division, Sunil Rathod mentioned, “We have imposed several penalties on the maintenance contractor Ms Pinakee Enterprises. We issued a show-cause notice as to why the contract must not be terminated. Action is being taken as per procedure.” The BMC has mentioned that it was paying almost ₹60 lakhs per 30 days in direction of the upkeep of the Kalina Talao Garden.
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