In the next four months, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will have to work harder to correct the errors in the development plan.
The reason: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is not very happy with the civic body and the flak it has been receiving for the mistakes in the draft DP.
Fadnavis said such “mistakes were unpardonable and had dented the image of Mumbai”. “There are so many errors [in the DP] that the committee headed by the chief secretary told me that it was impossible to rectify the plan on the basis of suggestions and objections. It said the entire DP needed to be prepared again,” Fadnavis said.
The CM also warned that he will take action against BMC officials, if it is found that the errors were deliberate.
The civic body has received 25,000 objections for far. “We will bring down the objections to 5,000 in the new one,” Fadnavis added.
The CM said he used Section 154 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act to scrap the draft DP.
According to the provision in the section, the urban development department (UDD) has given the BMC four months to present the revised plan and another two months for inviting suggestion and objections from citizens.
“The draft DP will become null and void the moment the fresh draft it published by the civic body. This means the existing draft is de facto scrapped,” said Nitin Kareer, principal secretary, UDD.
In its report, the three-member committee headed by chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya had pointed out the errors that were related to the existing land use and proposed land use.
“Apart from citing the errors reported in newspapers, the committee also pointed to other mistakes such as proposed reservation of a recreational ground at a land reserved for housing mill workers. At some places, a residential zone had been proposed on a mangrove belt and a construction site of a development project has been demarcated as a water body,” an official from the Mantralaya said.
In its interim report submitted to the CM two weeks ago, the committee had pointed out that the DP had not included the heritage list approved in 1995, also there was no reservation for public amenities while changing the use of no-development zone, and the reservation on the open space in Aarey Colony was without due deliberation.