Activist Medha Patkar has slammed the state and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for excluding slums from the recently completed existing land use (ELU) survey. Calling the process “deeply flawed”, Patkar said she would write to both CM Prithviraj Chavan and civic chief Sitaram Kunte.
The ELU document, prepared by a BMC-appointed consultant, will form the basis for the new development plan.
HT has published a series of reports on a study by the Urban Design Research Institute, which revealed 1,200 discrepancies in the ELU. One of the flaws in the ELU is that it has not mapped the city’s slums, and in effect, will leave 65% of the population out from the planning process.
“Slums cannot be ignored in such a massive process of planning. More than 95% of our workforce comes from the slums. They must be mapped because only that will give them the facilities they require, or else the elite will continue to call them a burden,” Patkar said.
Patkar, who works extensively in the city’s slums through her organisation, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, said the 74th amendment of Constitution is meant to decentralise power and ensure that the planning process reaches the people. “The BMC officials must sit with the common man and understand his needs and revise the DP accordingly.”