The six-member committee which submitted its recommendations on the Development Plan (DP) 2034 on Monday, has also included a clause on carrying out a detailed risk analysis of the M-East and M-West wards of the city. These include Chembur, Govandi, Deonar and Shivaji Nagar, areas with a lot of slum population and that lack basic civic amenities.
The recommendations will be debated in the 227-member general body which has to pass the city’s blueprint by March 20.
According to the recommendation, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) must carry out the analysis in a time-bound manner and also act on the results. The area also includes refineries, industries and a dumping ground that has affected the health of nearby residents in a drastic way.
According to a report submitted by the NGO Apnalaya (in February) that works in the Shivaji Nagar slums, the ward ranks the lowest in Human Development Indices in the city, the average age of death in M/East is just 39 years. For a place where 44% children are underweight, 57% are stunted and 88% pregnant women are anaemic, it has no hospitals, no maternity homes; it survives on one dispensary and 4 health-posts.