On BMC’s priority list, correcting 1,000 major errors in Mumbai’s DP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 10:50 IST

Of the 8,344 errors pointed out by ward officers pointed in the draft development plan for Mumbai, after their survey, around 1,000 will be tackled first, as these pertain to structures that were marked incorrectly.

The plan for Mumbai's development had to be sent back to the drawing board after citizens and activists found it was riddled with several errors — roads cut through homes, and structures, some of them iconic, were not marked in the draft plan at all.

On Thursday, civic chief Ajoy Mehta said all 8,344 errors will be corrected.

Sources said nearly 5,000 errors were technical ones.Another 1,000 involve structures that were marked incorrectly. Sources in the civic body said these major errors needed to be rectified first. An existing garden being marked as a residential building, a temple shown as a garden, are just some examples of what this list looks like.

The outline of 500 other structures has been incorrectly marked in the draft DP. The draft, for instance, had got the Gateway of India’s outline wrong.

Another 500 structures are entirely missing from the draft — essential services such as police stations, schools and hospitals did not figure in the plan.

A senior civic official said these major errors will be looked at on a priority basis.

Sources said close to 1,000 others are minor errors, whose correction has to be done in coordination with agencies such as the Slum Rehabilitation Authority, MMRDA, and Mhada.

When the DP was first published, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) received more than 50,000 suggestions and objections to the draft development plan, following which it was sent back to be revised.

Ajoy Mehta had ordered ward officers to carry out on-field inspections, and not rely on satellite mapping alone.

The ward officers have been visiting spots with urban planners over the past few weeks.

Mehta also instructed them to publish the error-free draft phase wise on the civic body’s official website.

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