Powai residents rally against Brookfield's mall, consider legal action

01 Nov 2023

Residents of Hiranandani Gardens in Powai held a meeting and decided to take legal action to protest against the proposed mall that would replace the current Citipark, a two-storey commercial building. The commercial spaces of this predominantly residential complex were acquired by Canadian realtor Brookfield Properties, and they have plans to construct a commercial complex that is 400% larger, accommodating retail outlets, office spaces, eateries, and an entertainment zone with multiplexes.

On November 26, more than 100 concerned residents gathered to discuss the "destruction and rebuilding of Citipark at Eden Square." They expressed their worries about the changes in the residential complex over the years, highlighting the significant decline in peace and quiet in recent times. The residents felt the need to unite and establish an official forum to ensure that their neighbourhood does not experience further degradation in terms of green cover, peace, and increased traffic.

The Citipark commercial building on Central Avenue is slated to be demolished and replaced with an 18-storey tower approximately 80 metres tall.

The mall already has clearance from the NGT (National Green Tribunal), but the BMC nod is pending, which may come anytime soon. But the residents may face a very difficult time if this is not stopped. It is going to be tough to come out of your buildings as there will be no space to walk on the footpaths, as Brookfield is already controlling them. The residents will have to come together to fight noise and construction pollution and congestion.

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