Due to complaints from the community, construction on the special needs play area has been put on hold.

BMC allowed NGO to use designated space in garden, but halted operations . BMC says it is setting precedent by allowing NGO to use space in civic garden .

Mumbai: A play park in Juhu's JVPD has been hacked out of trouble after being carved out for children with disabilities at Keshavji Baliram Hedgewar garden.Following complaints from a group of locals, the BMC, which allowed an NGO to use a designated space in the garden, has halted operations.The project to install play equipment for special kids was coordinated by Bombay Airport's Inner Wheel Club.Architect PK Das has said it is unusual that BMC has allowed a private organization to directly fund and execute the work in a letter to BMC chief IS Chahal.

Although BMC and activist Ashoke Pandit, a local, agree the scheme is correct, there is no legislation that allows a private NGO to conduct activities in a civic garden, according to BJP MLA Ameet Satam.BMC is setting a precedent by allowing an NGO to do work, according to Satam.Nidhi Chaturvedi, a Juhu Citizens Welfare Group secretary who worked with BMC on the initiative, said she cannot accept that someone would have a problem finding a play space for children with disabilities.It's a crime to belittle such public activism.

Prithviraj Chavan, the assistant municipal commissioner of K West ward, said the project has been suspended for a while.We will investigate the lawsuit and decide on further steps, he said.According to Nadia Marwah, president of the Bombay Airport Inner Wheel Club, there are no such spaces in our area for special children.She said, let us give these gifted children a place to relax.