The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start hearing citizens’ suggestions and objections on the draft Development Plan (DP) 2034 from Tuesday.
The hearing procedure began on October 17 and the BMC has completed hearing about 594 cases from government organisations, elected representatives, institutions and non-governmental organisations.
The civic body’s planning committee will now begin ward-wise hearing of over 10,000 cases filed by individual citizens (not belonging to NGOs or institutions) on the objections to the published draft DP.
The six-member planning committee has decided to hear the objections in three teams — each team will have one bureaucrat and one elected representative.
Trushna Vishwasrao, one of the six members on the panel, said, “We will hear it in different teams and case wise. If a hundred people have signed objecting to one issue, they will be heard jointly in one hearing.”
The hearings will be conducted ward-wise — starting with A, B, C and D (areas such as Churchgate, Colaba, Masjid Bunder, Kalbadevi, Marine Lines and Malabar Hill among others) wards, followed by other administrative wards and will end with eastern suburbs T ward (Mulund).
The individual hearings are scheduled to go on for a month.
The administrative wards A, B, C and D are clubbed together and the committee is slated to hear 426 hearings on Tuesday alone.
The highest number of 926 cases to be heard in one day will be from S ward (areas of Bhandup) on December 13.
The planning committee will also hear 1,452 cases of suggestions and objections on draft Development Control Regulations (DCR) on December 15, as per the schedule.
However, according to sources there is no clarity on the strategy, as the number of cases to be heard every day varies with each ward.
A senior civic official from DP department, said, “It will depend on the planning committee how they complete hearing of over 400 cases on an average every day. We have only helped the committee with listing the issues, ward-wise and preparing a schedule for them.”
According to an RTI filed by the Urban Design Research Institute, the BMC had received 84,000 objections on the plan which were clubbed to 12,000 objections.