Here is your biggest chance to ensure that Mumbai becomes a better planned city. The BMC is all set the make public the city’s proposed development plan (DP) in the next few days.
Sources said it could be as early as Monday evening, after the civic body presents the draft DP to the corporation.
Lasting for 20 years, these maps are crucial to the city — from the quality of life to affordable homes to safer commutes and to the economic vibrancy of Mumbai.
As part of this, the BMC will make public 168 proposed land use maps and 168 proposed floor space index (FSI) maps for different sectors. These will contain detailed, locality-wise provisions on where the BMC plans to have what amenities. It will also come up a fresh set of development control rules (DCR) to regulate construction and the implementation of the DP.
This comes even as the preparatory studies, the civic body’s document, showed how Mumbai was dismal in its public amenities. Right from poor per capita open space ratio to paltry medical amenity space provision to haphazard vertical growth, the city has seen various ills plague it. This, most urban planners conclude, has a lot to do with the BMC’s failure in implementing the 1991 DP.
Sources said the plan might propose opening up of no development zones, multi-fold increase in the base floor space index (FSI), incentives to go vertical as well as strategies to augment spaces for open spaces, educational and medical facilities among other things.
Hindustan Times has been, since September 2012, pushing authorities to make the formulation of the DP more accessible to citizens. In its campaign, HT had pointed out how the initial existing land use maps had errors.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, civic chief Sitaram Kunte said citizens must step up. “This process has seen a lot of citizen consultation. We are hoping to continue this by making these maps public.”