Citizens who want to ensure that the city's new development plan (DP), expected to be in place from 2014, does not reflect the flaws and discrepancies in the existing land use (ELU) survey can now start on-ground scrutiny using the survey maps.
The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) has obtained the rectified survey maps from the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) using the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and has made it accessible on its website, though the BMC is yet to make the maps public, more than two weeks after it committed to permitting public scrutiny of the survey.
Reacting to a series of reports in HT about discrepancies in the ELU survey, civic chief Sitaram Kunte had said that the BMC would make the survey available by October 20, after correcting some obvious "technical" mistakes.
The ELU survey, conducted by a BMC-appointed consultant, has classified land use across the city and will form the basis for the new DP, which is a blueprint for the city's development for 20 years. As reported in HT, a study conducted by the UDRI has found at least 1,200 instances where the ELU survey does not match the 1991 DP and satellite imagery.
The UDRI has sent out a newsletter asking people to participate in the verification process.
Officials from the BMC's development plan department explained the delay. "We will put up the rectified maps of the ELU survey of each ward in the respective ward office. But we are waiting for these maps to be ready. Hopefully, we will be able to do so by the first week of November," said Rajiv Kuknur, chief engineer, DP department.
Another official said the BMC will come out with an email address so people can send their inputs.