While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) refused to extend the deadline for submission of feedback on the newly presented designation survey for the 2014-2034 development plan (DP), citizens can continue to send their observations and suggestions on the plan. The deadline for submission of feedback ended on Monday.
“Citizens are free to send their observations to the DP department. Important suggestions will be considered,” said a senior official from the BMC.
Citizens wanted the deadline to be extended, as they claimed one month was not enough to scrutinise and send observations on the extensive document.
“With Diwali holidays, people didn’t get enough time to go through the document. It is an important plan, so every error needs to be rectified. If the BMC had done its job properly, there would be no need for people to scrutinise the document each time,” said Godfrey Pimenta, an activist.
The survey had released on November 7. Citizens had expressed their doubts over studying the exhaustive document, as the BMC was also closed from November 11 to 15 owing to festivities.
Till Monday, the civic body had received around 510 observations from citizens on the designated survey. The number is pretty low in comparison to over 50,000 suggestions and objections that the BMC had received on the draft development plan.
After mishandling the 20-year blueprint for the city earlier this year, the BMC has failed to jump back to its feet. The designated survey, which is the first part of the revised draft, is also filled with errors.