Commercial hubs may turn into art, cultural venues on weekends

MUMBAI: What if the corporates hubs, may of which virtually turn ghost towns after business hours, spring into life as an art and cultural carnival? Or as farmers’ market during weekends?

In a space starved city, it’s ironical that centrally located areas such as Ballard Estate, Nariman Point and the Bandra-Kurla Complex are deserted even as Mumbaikars look for recreational places during weekends. So, the new development control and promotional regulation (DCR) has authorised the municipal commissioner to suspend reservation of plots temporarily when they are not in use, and use them for farmers’ markets and art-cultural events on the lines of Equal Street.

Welcoming the move, Indrani Malkani, chairman of V Citizens Action Network, said, “Using parking areas in business districts during weekends for farmers market and similar activities is an excellent way of utilizing space which otherwise would remain vacant and unproductive.”