Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Creation of a 300-acre Central Park in Mumbai

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Mumbai, India’s renowned metropolis, is finally set to develop an expansive world-class park in the city’s southern portion, similar to the central parks in America’s Manhattan in New York and Hyde Park in London. The proposal received the nod of the Maharashtra State cabinet yesterday.

Sharing the information, Mumbai’s municipal commissioner, IS Chahal, informed that the central park will be dedicated to the citizens of Mumbai by amalgamating 175 acres of Coastal Garden being developed alongside the Coastal Road (the first leg of which was inaugurated yesterday), on the land reclaimed from the sea, with 120 acres of Mahalaxmi Racecourse land,  which the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) had voluntarily agreed to return to State Government/ Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

At the Royal Western India Turf Club’s (RWITC) Annual General Meeting in January of this year, 76.24% of members voted in favour of BMC’s proposal to permanently return 120 acres of land leased to them by the State nearly a century ago for the creation of the 300-acre central park.

Simultaneously, the Maharashtra State cabinet approved BMC’s proposal to renew RWITC’s 30-year lease (up to 2053) for the remaining 91 acres, where RWITC’s activities will continue.

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