With just a week to go for citizens to submit their suggestions and objections to the city’s draft development plan (DP), an internal circular issued by the civic body points out errors in the plan that could create confusion while registering or redeveloping a plot of land.
The circular, a copy of which is with HT, was issued on July 20. It shows that plot numbers, or city survey (CTS) numbers, in the DP do not match the city’s revenue records.
How does this impact you? The CTS numbers work as an identification tool for plots and their use – whether or not they are reserved – in the development plan.
According to the current procedure, when residents want to develop or redevelop a plot, among the permissions they require from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are DP remarks on whether their land has been reserved.
So, an incorrect CTS number would affect a land buyer or developer if they later find out a plot is actually reserved.
The circular states, “There is a huge load of issuance of DP remarks... during the issuance it has been noticed that the CTS numbers are not tallying with the DP remarks sought”. The circular has directed officials concerned to rectify the errors. It also blames “time constraints” for the errors.
With the error surfacing, activists and urban planners have sought more time from the BMC to file objections as this plan will be the basis of the city’s development over the next 20 years.
“It has been over a year since the revision of the earlier draft plan began, and despite several hundred municipal employees working on the document and maps, such errors still exist. If the BMC is truly serious about Mumbai’s development, it should cut its losses, pull back the plan, correct its mistakes and republish it for citizens’ feedback,” said Pankaj Joshi, the executive director at Mumbai Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI).
UDRI, a body of town planners, will also be writing to the BMC asking them to extend the deadline after correcting mistakes.
Officials from the DP department, however, said the process is an internal one and will not affect the suggestions/objections phase.
“There may be only 10-15 cases where these numbers are different. People file objections on the basis of location, not just numbers. This is an internal process where we will not make any changes in the plan,” said Vivek More, deputy chief engineer, DP.