A new tender has to be floated for the beautification work of the 40-acre garden adjoining the Powai lake. Nearly three years after the BMC took up the work, the Rs 40 crore project has been cancelled. Last year, when the standing committee members visited the Powai garden to inspect the progress in work, they were shocked to see huge stones strewn all around and the compound wall yet to be erected.
Every time the administration came with a revived proposal adding new items for beautification, it was sanctioned. But the standing committee members finally realised that while the cost kept rising, the plans remained only on paper, said a standing committee member.
Ravindra Waikar, standing committee chairman, finally ordered cancellation of the project after members expressed outrage. Civic officials said though the contractor had been issued a showcause notice, he could not give a satisfactory answer for the slow progress. The contract was finally cancelled.
"We are preparing the new tender and the cost is yet to be finalised. The tender will be out in a week’s time,” said civic officials. Three years ago, the BMC had decided to create new open spaces for the city by beautifying land around the water reservoirs similar to the hanging garden at Malabar Hill. But the pace of beautification has been very slow.