After the Shiv Sena deferred the proposal to appoint members for the planning committee that will hear suggestions and objections of the citizens on the draft for the Development Plan 2034 with its demand that all political group heads be a part of the committee, the mayor has now written to civic chief Ajoy Mehta asking for clarification on the powers and duties of corporators.
Mayor Snehal Ambekar’s step has further delayed the appointment of the elected representatives.
The planning committee is crucial as it will hear the more than 9,000 objections filed by citizens on the plan. It is to comprise four urban experts from the state government and three members of the civic standing committee. The committee will hear the objections personally and submit them to the general body of 227 corporators. The state has already named three experts for this review on August 12.
In an eight-pointer letter (a copy of which HT has) seeking clarification from the civic chief, last week, Ambekar has asked for the details on the powers that the planning committee members will have, claiming there were no details on how the chairman of the committee will be elected. The letter has also stated that the administration should clarify what powers the corporators will have while finalising the suggestions to be considered.
Taking the demand of the Sena forward, the mayor has also asked for details on what amendments will be needed in the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act and who will prepare those guidelines. The mayor’s letter also says, “With an increase in population, the number of members to be included in the DP planning committee should also be increased and timely changes should be brought in planning.”
However a preliminary meeting of the civic chief along with the DP department officials was conducted even before the entire panel of seven members was appointed. One of the senior officials, who did not wish to be named, said, “The civic chief has briefed the three members appointed by the state government on the draft DP 2034 and also submitted the DP maps, along with related reports.”
Ambekar was not available for comment despite repeated attempts to reach her.