After dilly-dallying for a month, the Shiv Sena is likely to announce on September 30 the members of the planning committee, which will hear objections/suggestions filed by citizens for the Development Plan (DP) 2034.
The development plan is the blueprint for the city’s urbanisation in the next two decades.
The state government had named three experts in the committee on August 12. However, the Sena-ruled BMC passed a resolution in the general body to defer the decision stating that all group leaders should be part of the committee when only three standing committee members had to be named. The committee is crucial as it will hear over 9,000 objections filed by citizens.
A Sena leader has hinted that the three members will now consist of two corporators from Sena and one from the opposition, excluding its ally BJP.
Trushna Vishwasrao, senior Sena corporator and leader of the house, said that they will ask municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta to answer the queries raised by the Sena in the general body meeting on September 29. “We will take a decision after the commissioner’s reply,” Vishwasrao said.
Apart from the demand for including all group leaders, the Sena had asked questions on the committee’s functioning, who will be the chairman, how decisions will be passed etc.
In a letter to the mayor, which included similar questions, the commissioner had stated that including all group leaders would require an amendment in the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act, which is time consuming. The 2014-34 DP has already been delayed by two years.
The general body consists on 227 corporators. The report filed by the planning committee will be sent to the general body for an approval from state government. Meanwhile, the planning committee’s three members have started studying the plan, civic officials confirmed