BMC will also take up the revamp of the open space by creating a football ground, two basketball courts, a skating rink, kho-kho and kabbadi courts, a joggers track and a Nana-Nani park without touching the cricket pitches. On Monday, BMC chief Iqbal Chahal sanctioned a Rs 6.1 crore plan for revamp of the 98,243 sq m park.
With the civic elections a year away, local corporator Vishakha Raut said the project will be completed within months.
Raut, who pushed for the revamp of the park, said residents had been complaining about the dust pollution for a long time. “Sandeep Deshpande of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had installed sprinklers to settle the dust, but there is not enough water.”
Raut said while dust pollution was the chief complaint, there were other issues too like uneven footpaths causing walkers and joggers to stumble, the need for more toilet blocks (there is only one at present) and more seating arrangements.
“This is an attempt to find a solution to the dust pollution and also improve the park so that more area is utilised by citizens,” she said.
Assistant municipal commissioner Kiran Dighavkar said there will be no shifting or reduction in the number of cricket pitches. Nor will any of the existing structures be touched.
“The project will be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, we shall put in place the stormwater drain system, the rainwater harvesting system and the grass. In the second phase, the courts will come up,” he said.
Nandan Mungekar, a local resident and consultant for the project, said the area from Mahim to Worli has water in the upper crust of the earth. “We shall trap all the rainwater that falls on the park and discharges into the 10 wells in the vicinity such that it recharges the groundwater. The water will be used to sprinkle on the grass and will be recycled,” he said.
Lauding the proposed project, local resident Karishma Patkar said: “At present, a large part of the park is unused or misused. Introducing new game areas will attract more youngsters to the park away from their gadgets. The revamp will also help resolve the dust pollution to a large extent.”
Raut said, “I have already written to the civic standing committee chairman for local area development funds for the park revamp and the commissioner has also sanctioned funds. This should help expedite the project.”