The western suburbs will be the worst hit if the changes in land use classification, recorded in the civic body’s recently completed existing land use (ELU) document, are not re-examined.
Of the 1,200 discrepancies recorded in the ELU, 511 are in the western suburbs. Of these, 65% are in the Goregaon-Dahisar belt, which has seen a massive real estate boom in the past few years, which means Mumbaiites who live in these suburbs are at the most risk of losing the open spaces and green cover that they are entitled to.
The ELU forms the basis of the new development plan (DP), which is the blueprint for Mumbai’s development for the next 20 years. The discrepancies arise as the ELU’s land usage classification does not match with that of the 1991 DP, which is currently in force. The discrepancies, which include land reserved as no development zones or open spaces being earmarked for residential or commercial purposes, came to light when the city-based Urban Design Research Institute analysed the ELU and compared it to the 1991 DP as well as satellite imagery.
Following HT’s series of reports, civic chief Sitaram Kunte has ordered a review of the ELU.