Only errors to go from revised Mumbai DP

  • Laxman Singh and Kunal Purohit, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2015 23:01 IST

Three days after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the scrapping of the controversial draft development plan (DP), the urban development department has issued a directive to the civic body, asking it to carefully scrutinise the errors and rectify them.

But this is where the problem lies. The directive has not specifically stated the problem areas, and seems to have left it to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) discretion.

Hence, the civic body plans to first take cognisance of only errors in marking places wrongly. The suggestions and complaints sent be citizens will not be looked at immediately.

Municipal commissioner chief Sitaram Kunte told Hindustan Times on Friday that the BMC will initially focus on factual errors in the maps.

In fact, Kunte said the “suggestions and objections’ will not be factored in during this rectification. The plan on how the DP is to be revised will be finalised by next week, said sources.

“We will classify the complaints into two categories — suggestions/objections and errors. The errors will be included in the corrections process, but the others will be considered next time,” Kunte told HT.

What this means is that the much criticised ideas — granting high floor space index (FSI) along transit corridors, reducing the per capita open spaces ratio, exclusion of the city’s slums and the urban poor from the maps — may remain in the DP.

The civic body plans to tackle the complaints after getting the citizens’ feedback on the revised DP.

Kunte said multiple objections or suggestions on the same issue will be counted as one. “The number of complaints is expected to come down since there are cases where a single plot has received around 17,000 objections. We will come to know the exact figure by next week, when most of the complaints have been clubbed together,” he said.

Many fear that the ambiguity in the chief minister’s directive leaves enough room for the same errors to creep in.

“The whole process has been hogwash. The DP clearly favours builders. It is unlikely to change if the same people are put in charge. For the city to get a better DP, Kunte has to resign and take responsibility of this fiasco,” said former legislator Charan Singh Sapra.

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