Revenue and dairy development minister Eknath Khadse, while strongly opposing the BMC’s draft development plan (DP) for Mumbai, said his department will not permit a business hub at Aarey colony.
The DP has proposed a business hub in Aarey colony, which is spread across 3,200 acres, making it an essential green belt for the city’s suburbs. Khadse said a notification was issued a few years ago, which made the area a no development zone. “There is no question of changing the 1994 notification to allow construction,” he said.
The DP also proposed an FSI (up to 8) for the city. Khadse called this move disastrous because a lot of the city’s infrastructure dates back to the British era.
“We are using century-old sewage and fire-fighting systems, which were set up by the British for the city. How are we fighting calamities in such a situation? Nana Chowk is a classical example. With 22 multi-storey towers in place, there are proposals for 40 more towers that are pending with the BMC. Even if a few floors in the towers are reserved for parking, most vehicles are ultimately parked on the roads, leading to congestion and traffic jams. It is high time the number of vehicles per family in the city is restricted,” he said.
“I met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to discuss the proposed DP and he assured me he will make the necessary changes once it comes to the government for a final nod,” Khadse said.
Fadnavis told the media on Monday the suggestions and objections of the citizens will be considered before finalising the DP.