After deciding not to include road widening and road lines in the draft Development Plan (DP) 2034, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has rectified its mistakes made in the draft released in February 2015.
The civic body had earlier proposed 3,306 DP road stretches, out of which 857— 25%—were error-ridden. The BMC has retained 2,449 proposed road stretches as part of the revised draft of the development plan. It has promised to consider the observations of the citizens and delete more stretches, if needed and pointed out by citizens by January 31, with documents.
Deleting the proposed road stretches means there will be less objections from citizens with respect to their earlier complaints of roads marked through their properties and disturbing compound walls. The proposed roads that are still affecting the existing structures will be considered by the DP officials.
The civic body had decided to carry out the revision process in four phases and the road survey—phase II— took about four months since ward-level urban planners and ward officers were designated to carry out a detailed survey.
An official from the DP department, requesting anonymity, said, “Road stretches with major objections that were disturbing properties or the development permission have been deleted. Around 25% of the proposed road stretches in the draft DP 2034 published in February 2015 have been deleted and we are open to observations from citizens. We will delete further roads if the claims are supported by documents.”
The 8,344 designation errors, pointed out in the draft DP released in February 2015, have also been considered. Civic chief Ajoy Mehta had then said all the errors would be corrected and checked. The corrected designation survey has been uploaded on the civic body’s website.
“The BMC has made an effort to address the concerns of the citizens about roads running through properties. However, to be sure we will have to study the document further,” said Vidya Vaidya, trustee, H West federation.