The civic body is likely to seek some more time from the state government for hearing the suggestions and objections submitted by citizens to the draft Development Plan.
With the deadline of November 26 to submit the draft Development Plan (DP) 2034 in front an elected body of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) nearing, the civic officials will need an extension to carry out the hearings, revealed sources. Civic chief Ajoy Mehta will be writing to the state’s urban development department for an extension of 35 days for submitting the draft DP 2034, they said. The draft DP is expected to be passed by the general body, after which it will be sent to the state government for its nod.
After seeking several extensions before publishing the revised draft DP, this is the first extension after the DP was put in the public domain for suggestions and objections in May. Almost two months after the last day of suggestions and objections, the civic body appointed elected representatives as planning committee members, which has resulted in a delay in conducting hearings on the suggestions and objections received by the BMC. The Hindustan Times has reported that the panel appointed to study suggestions and objections to the DP would get just a month to go through over 80,000 suggestions and objections and experts had opined that more time would be needed for the same as more people needed to be heard before finalising the blueprint for the city’s development for the next two decades.
A senior civic official said, “We will be writing to the urban development department of the state government, seeking an extension of 35 days as the first hearing is yet to be conducted and the committee will require time to prepare a report and take approval of the general body of corporators.”
The first meeting of the planning committee members, which includes experts and elected representatives, was held with the civic chief on Saturday. Mehta explained the procedure and the important points of the draft DP through a detailed presentation. The first hearing on the suggestions/objections is set to begin from Monday onwards, where it will be divided into several groups.
At first, the hearing will be given to government agencies, starting Monday, where 48 agencies will be heard. It is after government agencies, the members of the parliament and legislators will be heard in the following week. After this, the non-governmental organisations and Institutions such as PEATA, architect associations will be heard in the further weeks. It is after completion of such groups, general public will be heard by the planning committee, said civic officials.
“We have informed representatives of various government agencies through phone calls and emails to be present from Monday onwards. The hearings will be given from morning 10.30 am to 3.30 pm everyday. We will also be putting up the schedule of the hearing online once it is ready.”
One of the six planning committee members and leader of the house, Trushna Vishwasrao, said, “We are planning to ensure that all citizens are heard. Even those who have sent objections on one issue should be given joint hearing. Clubbing the objections should not mean that their suggestions and objections are gone unheard.”