The Maharashtra government has now made it easier for flawed draft development plans (DP) to be scrapped or corrected.
Reason: It amended the Maharashtra Regional & Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1966 on Tuesday in order to ensure that flawed DPs can be rectified by the civic body preparing them.
Currently, there is no provision in the act that makes it possible for the civic body preparing the DP to make rectifications in the plan, if it is found to be flawed. Rectifications can only be made after an approval from the planning committee, which consists of officials from the state government and some corporators.
This process takes time because the planning committee will give hearings to everyone who has raised objections to the draft plan and decide based on the merit of the objections. “This becomes time-consuming and is often a waste because the civic body has to go through the whole process with a plan that is flawed and deserves to be junked. Such an amendment can now make it possible for the civic body to redraw the map, without going through all the procedures,” said an official from the urban development department.
What this will also mean is that civic bodies across the state can take cognisance of protests about errors in the DP and order changes by themselves.
The move will also save the state government the legal blushes for asking the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to redo the draft DP. Hence, the rectification comes into retrospective effect from April 22, 2015.
“Legally, there is no provision which allows the BMC to re-draw the map without submitting it to the planning committee. As a result, even our order asking it to make changes to the DP is not legally backed. Now, with this amendment, it is possible,” said the official.