No mention of Siddhivinayak temple, Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai DP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 17:25 IST

While an extension has been given to the committee to review the BMC’s proposed draft development plan (DP) for Mumbai, more glaring oversights have come to the fore.

Iconic landmarks of the city — the Siddhivinayak temple and the Haji Ali dargah — find no mention in the blueprint.

Not only these, many of the city’s famous religious structures seem to have gone missing or wrongly marked in the proposed DP.

The land on which the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi stands has been marked for commercial-residential (CR) use. Even the Haji Ali dargah in Worli and the Mahim dargah have been marked under the residential-commercial (RC) zone.

The religious structures that find no place in the city’s blueprint include three churches, five temples and two mosques in the island city, and all of them have been marked as commercial/residential zones, reveals a new study by the Urban Development Research Institute (UDRI).

Even the Mumbadevi temple, Mahalaxmi and Babulnath temples in south Mumbai have been marked under residential and commercial zones.

None of these religious structures have been marked on the proposed land use plan. In fact, the draft plan, which is under scrutiny of the heritage committee, has mapped the Mahalaxmi temple as a heritage structure.

The DP has erroneously marked some of religious places in the city as orphanages or proposed roads cutting through their premises.

Also, mistakes have been made in identifying the famous structures. For instance, the Afghan church is marked under RC land use, while Portuguese and Mahim churches under CR zone.

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