Mumbai likely to get 8 new pools, sports complex at Andheri
Budding athletes and fitness enthusiasts have a reason to cheer as the city is set to get eight new swimming pools and a 12-acre sports complex at Andheri, if a grand plan of the BMC succeeds.
The new pools planned will be at Worli hill reservoir, Vikhroli, Malad, Kondivita in Andheri (east), Gilbert Hill in Andheri (west), Dahisar, Govandi and an Olympic-size one in Kandivli (west).
The Rifle Club at Worli will also get a facelift. The south Mumbai phase of BMC’s coastal road project will start in the coming months along with the Rs 4,000 crore Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR).
Shiv Sena leader in the civic House Yashwant Jadhav said the civic administration must ensure works are completed within a stipulated time. Another important project initiated by the BMC is surveying properties with the help of vehicle-mounted camera and scanners, which began early this year. It provides a panoramic image of buildings and data, which gives length, width, height and even polygon area in square metres. This data will be used to validate tax records and point out deviations, if any. Officials said this will add to municipal revenue by taxing buildings which were not assessed. The project cost is Rs 57 crore.
Samajwadi Party leader in the BMC Rais Shaikh said every project must be completed within a deadline. “However, our experience is that delays occur in movement of files between two departments. Hopefully, supervision at the additional municipal commissioner’s level will expedite the projects,” said Shaikh.
A cycle track along the Tansa pipeline across Mumbai and the 111-hectare Central Park reclaimed from the sea at Cuffe Parade are among the 41 projects scheduled to commence next year.
Right to Information activist Anil Galgali said that this was a positive step as putting responsibility on IAS officers would mean that they need to ensure that work takes off.
Standing committee member and Asif Zakaria said that any project for improvement of services to be provided to citizens is a welcome move. “In the frenzy of making announcements for new projects in the city, its implementation in the long run is never given thought and eventually it keeps on dragging once it begins on ground,” said Zakaria.
The announcement of a new sports facility at Andheri left many wondering if there was really a need for one as there is already the Andheri Sports Complex, which is spread across 11 acres. The new one is proposed to be built on Veera Desai Road in the same area.
Andheri Sports Complex, officially named Shahaji Raje Bhosale Kreeda Sankul, has facilities for swimming, football, karate, tennis and boxing. Private community gatherings and award functions are also organized there.