Little space for healthcare facilities in Mumbai DP

  • Shobhan Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2015 21:55 IST

After drawing flak from urban planners, the BMC’s draft development plan (DP) 2034 has come in for criticism from health activists and organisations in Mumbai.

Health amenities have been allocated only 0.38sqm per capita, as against the centre’s urban development plans formulations and implementation (UDPFI) guideline of 0.83sqm to 1.28sqm per capita, experts said.

“Earlier, a lot of land was marked separately for civic or government-run facilities. This category does not exist in the new plan,” said Leni Choudhary, a member of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), a collective of health activists and organisations.

“This approach means the DP ignores all those who can’t afford private healthcare. When Mumbai is aspiring to be a global city, the lowering of planning standards is unacceptable,” he said.

Much like urban planners, the JSA has also said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) consulted them for more than six years while formulating the DP, but failed to incorporate them.

According to the JSA, the DP does not even include the recommendations of the BMC-appointed Rindani Committee report, submitted in 2011. The report made suggestions about expanding existing hospitals, maternity homes and dispensaries, and the locations of the new facilities.

“The existing healthcare infrastructure in Mumbai is already inadequate. The DP does nothing to improve it in the future, when the city will only expand and its population will grow,” said Nisreen Ebrahim, member, JSA.

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