The city may now be a step closer to getting an error-free development plan (DP), after the civic body accepted several flaws in its designation survey, which forms the basis for the DP.
HT had through its reports pointed out plot-marking errors for Prithvi Theatre, SNDT Women’s University and Kirti College. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has rectified all these errors.
As a response to the series of reports that HT has carried on the issue, the BMC has agreed to consider marking private amenities, which the survey had earlier decided to skip, and not allow construction on open spaces. It has also agreed to include heritage structures as part of the DP, but at a later stage.
The designation survey is a crucial step in the process of creating the DP as it seeks to mark existing private and public amenities in the city. Marking them wrongly would paint an erroneous picture of the city’s infrastructure.
The civic body, in its response, has agreed to consider including 700 private amenities, which it had not included in the survey that was made public in November. It also reiterated that these amenities will be counted as ‘city amenities’, a demand made by urban planners and the civil society. “While these amenities have not been marked, they will be calculated as city amenities. A further view on their DP treatment, however, in view of citizens’ observations, is under consideration,” the BMC’s response said.
In addition, the civic body also said it will ensure that none of the 330 public spaces, which it had marked as ‘Recreational Grounds’, thereby throwing them open for development, will be allowed to be constructed upon.
However, there are certain errors that the BMC hasn’t corrected. Such an approach may affect the designations of more than 600 private and public amenities, which have been marked wrongly, according to a study by Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI).