Mumbai's Bandra to get a Recreational Ground at the St Martin's & Dr Raghunath Road junction

The debris removal process here is set to start off soon and upon completion, the residents will be allowed at the site.

Back in August this year, The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had invited bids to develop a Recreation Ground (RG) at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Now as per reports, the residents of Bandra will be finally acquiring a new recreational ground as the H-West ward office (Bandra-W) has pulled down illegal structures on the ground at the junction of St Martin's and Dr Raghunath road. According to a report, this 14,830 sq. ft. plot was bounded by a 60-year lease and handed over to the Bandra Physical and Cultural Association in 1989. The debris removal process here is set to start off soon and upon completion, the residents will be allowed at the site.

Public to soon access a recreational ground

In a complaint to the BMC, it was noted that the junction of St Martin and Dr. Raghunath roads was empty earlier and was used by the residents but this vacancy was gradually replaced by the construction of structures. Reportedly, the space was being misused for commercial activities and the citizens were not in agreement. The ward office also demolished another construction on an open plot at Khotwadi, Santacruz (W).

The earlier bid invited by MMRDA had stated that the RG project will be on Design, Finance, Build, Operate and Transfer (DFBOT) basis for 30 years and will be developed along the lines of Jio Garden, in suburban Mumbai. The project would include underground parking, construction of a club house, construction of two helipads, ticketing booths, amongst others, according to the tender document.

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