Elphinstone College no longer ‘police facility’ in draft development plan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 23, 2015 23:55 IST
Five months after BMC marked Fort’s Elphinstone College a police facility , the institution got back its original tag. (Hindustan Times)

Five months after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) marked Fort’s Elphinstone College as a police facility and the Bombay Natural History Society a spot for a medical facility, the institutions have got back their original designated tags.

On Friday, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta submitted phase 1 of the revised draft development plan (DP) 2034 to mayor Snehal Ambekar and other group leaders at the headquarters. Mehta said the revision team surveyed 8,855 areas in the city and found there were “designation errors” in 1,600 of them. For instance, the Jehangir Art Gallery was marked as a veterinary hospital in the draft, which has been changed to “art gallery” in the revised plan.

The BMC will undertake the revision of the plan in four phases. After the designation errors, the civic body will release the list of proposed roads which were marked incorrectly, followed by the development control regulations (DCR). The last phase will include the reservations in the city.

“The report on every phase will be released online. Although we will not formally receive suggestions and objections from citizens, people are free to tell us if there are any mistakes in the revised plan. They can send letters to our postal address, submit an application in our office or also approach their local corporators,” Mehta said.

At the time of going to press, the phase 1 report had not been put up on the website.

The civic body, which recently sought a six-month extension from the state government to release the revised plan, will publish the blueprint on February 16, 2016. Following this, the BMC will be entitled to receive suggestions and objections from citizens. “In the next 15 days, we will publish the second phase,” Mehta said.

After a public outcry over the controversial plan, CM Devendra Fadnavis had asked the BMC to revise the plan and publish it for suggestions. Mehta had then asked all ward officials to visit different spots and check if the structures, roads and open spaces were marked correctly. First published in February 2015, the draft DP had received more than 50,000 suggestions and objections.

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