Sai Savli garden at CBD Belapur is today longing for redevelopment. Instead of green grass, flowers and trees, one finds barren land with broken slides and slums covering the entire stretch. Gardens give an aesthetic and green look to the city but the condition of the Sai Savli garden at sector 6 CBD, tells a different story. Instead of green grass, one finds barren land, dried up trees, broken benches, and dilapidated slides. Moreover, the garden has been encroached upon by slums. The entire stretch of garden has been covered with their hutments, along with the clothes lying all over the place giving an awful look to the garden. Residents of the area informed that the once green garden was destroyed after the laying of the water pipeline between Morbe and Digha. It maybe recalled that the contract for laying water pipelines in the city was given to Pratibha Industries. However, it has been almost 2 years to that work and the civic body is yet to redevelop the garden. Once a play space, even the children expressed their distress over the issue. The garden now has broken benches and open electric boards which may pose a threat to children. Even the residents allege that, the garden was developed using lakhs of rupees but, the civic body has failed to maintain it thus wasting public funds. The NMMC failed to check the irresponsible behavior of the contractor as since the garden was not restored, slums mushroomed here. Today there are nearly 30 to 40 hutments existent in the garden. With cameraperson Kala Jadhav, Vrushali Chitre for NMTV news.
August 10, 2007