Have a problem with the civic body’s plan to open up Aarey Milk Colony? Want a greater say in how much the floor space index should be hiked by? Here’s your chance to make sure the BMC gets the city’s development right.
Two days after it put the development plan (DP) on its website, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday uploaded plan maps of every area in the city so citizens can check what has been planned for their localities.
This means making your suggestions is only a click away.
With 57 days left for citizens to give their views on the plan, many said the civic body should also translate the DP into regional languages and make maps available at the ward offices so that they reach more people.
“Only certain classes of the society can access the Internet. The BMC must make their maps available at the ward-level in different languages to ensure broader participation,” said Pankaj Joshi, executive director of Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI).
The DP is perhaps the most crucial piece of document with the civic body, as it will form the
foundation for the way the city will grow over the next 20 years. This DP will be in use till
2035, if it is approved this year.
However, the proposals in the plan have already met with their share of controversies.
The BMC proposed to hike the FSI by up to 8, cut down on the amenities it will provide in terms of open spaces, medical and educational facilities, and allow high-rises even in high-density areas, for instance, around railway stations, leaving urban planners and experts unhappy.
The plan also proposed to do away with amenity reservations on lands that have not been acquired, and instead been occupied by other developments.
The plan has avoided putting in place strategies for the city’s slums, and its informal workers — hawkers, rag-pickers and construction workers.
It has left out special planning areas (SPAs) such as Dharavi and Bandra Reclamation.
Aravind Unni, architect with YUVA, an organisation that has been extensively campaigning for an inclusive DP, said the plan should do more to invite participation.
“We have suggested the BMC holds hearings and consultations with people at the level of the 150 planning sectors. That way, more people will know and will participate in the process.”