The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) revised draft Development Plan-2034 has goofed up in marking existing water bodies on mill land.
A pond at Century Mill is missing from the DP maps of G-south ward (Worli, Prabhadevi). In the earlier DP presented by then civic chief Sitaram Kunte in February last year, the same pond was marked as an open space and the area around the pond was reserved for a public open space.
In the past decade, most ponds or lakes on mill land were filled in illegally by developers in order to build on the land.
Local activist Santosh Gupta, who first pointed out the discrepancy in the map, said, “This is a very serious issue because the pond is filled with fish. We will take up the issue with the DP department and send our objections,” Gupta said.
He said, “Very few ponds are left on mill lands. The pond at Century Mill is quite big so I don’t understand what led civic officials to remove it.”
The previous DP had shown the pond on the land and also proposed reservation of public open space around the pond. According to data available with the DP department, 17 mills in the island city have 18 ponds on their premises. Such ponds could have been used for non-potable purpose such as gardening or fire- fighting.
A senior civic official from the DP department said, “We will have to check if any development proposal was passed for the land. If there is a layout approved on the land, we have decided not to show ponds as ultimately it is going to be under redevelopment.”
The revised draft DP-2034 is under criticism for allowing development on no-development zones such as salt pan lands.
Meanwhile, until Monday, the BMC received 246 suggestions and objections for the draft DP. Citizens can send in their suggestions and objections until July 27.