RESUMING AFTER a two-day hiatus, the public hearing on the Indore Development Plan 2021 (draft) got off to a stormy start with some of the City’s luminaries coming out strongly against the document’s provisions.
Congress MLA Ashwin Joshi, former corporator Sameer Chitnis and Treasure Island owner Manish Kalani were among those who lodged protests at today’s hearing on matters ranging from reduction of the proposed width of MR-9 and RE-2, shifting of the Pipliyahana stadium, declaring BSF-owned land at Bijasan Tekri a green belt and anomalies in the proposed IT Park.
An ugly situation threatened to erupt when, responding to Chitnis’ remark that the RE-2 was reduced from the proposed 250 feet to 100 feet to benefit a select few individuals, Town and Country Planning Joint Director Sawalkar sprang up in protest. “Anyone who has an issue with the master plan is free to protest but the objections should be lodged in a dignified manner without losing sight of propriety”, declared the Town Planner.
This led to MP Sumitra Mahajan’s intervention and the lady bluntly ticked off Sawalkar. “Your department has made mistakes in preparing the master plan draft so you should not be so sensitive when criticism is voiced”, asserted Mahajan.
Earlier, Mahajan expressed astonishment that the area housing Central School No 2 on Airport Road as well as quarters being constructed nearby had been reserved for green purposes in the master plan draft.
“Considering that there exists a school at the site, the land use should be educational. Furthermore, the Bijasan Tekri land belongs to the Border Security Force (BSF).
How can the Town Planning Department change the land use for this tract? Has it obtained permission from the Central Government?” she demanded to know. Mincing no words regarding his protests on the truncation of the RE-9, Chitnis said reducing the road width had resulted making a few people, who had purchased land in the area in advance, richer by crores of rupees.