Port panel wants your feedback on report

  • Kunal Purohit, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2015 13:40 IST

If all goes according to plan, you will have your say on the development that takes place on the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) land.

The Union government-appointed Mumbai port land development committee (MPLDC) has now recommended that its report be placed in the public domain and citizen feedback be invited on the report.

In addition to this, the panel has also recommended that the design for the project be finalised through an international competition.

These significant recommendations are a part of its report submitted to the Union shipping ministry last week. Hindustan Times has been reporting how the redevelopment of the port land is a major opportunity for the city.

The MPLDC, led by former MbPT chairperson Rani Jadhav, along with architects, planners and experts in various fields has, in its report, submitted that at least 1,000 of the total 1,800-acre land can be opened up for the city’s benefit.

Incidentally, the panel, after it was constituted, had invited citizen feedback before it started working on its recommendations. It got overwhelming feedback.

Speaking about the recommendations, a panel member said, “We are of the view that even our report has to be open to public scrutiny. Hence, we have recommended that citizens must be encouraged to give their suggestions and objections.”

According to a source in the MbPT, the idea has found favour with the port authorities, who are now looking at the shipping ministry for its nod. “We will upload the report on the website once the ministry says yes,” said a senior MbPT official.

City BJP chief Ashish Shelar, who said he had discussed the issue with Union minister Nitin Gadkari, hinted the ministry was also likely to give his approval. “He [Gadkari] seems very positive and open to the idea of allowing citizens to comment and offer suggestions on the plan,” Shelar said.

The panel has recommended that the plan for the overhaul of the port land not be given to a single consultant for designing. “Instead, we have asked the ministry to allow an international competition where consultants are asked to design specific amenities and a competition is held so that the best design is awarded,” said another panel member.

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