Monday will mark the beginning of a crucial phase in deciding Mumbai’s future, when the proposed land use (PLU) – to formulate the city’s development blueprint– will be released to corporators.
So, what can you expect from the civic body’s plan to shape the city over the next 20 years?
Senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials said the PLU has proposed an increase in the floor space index (FSI) for the city, a revised set of development control regulations (DCR), as well as big-ticket announcements in the way both DCR and FSI are employed.
The civic body is also going to propose strategies to augment open spaces for you, some of which may be controversial.
The civic body is likely to propose making the DCR – which regulate the implementation of the DP and construction work in the city – dynamic, rather than as a fixed set of guidelines. This will help city planners employ provisions more suited to a locality and area’s context while embarking on infrastructure projects.
The use of FSI is likely to see similar changes.
“Rather t han keeping it fixed, we are planning to make the FSI dependent on a locality’s dynamics, be it the plot area, road width, or existing infrastructure,” said a civic official.
The fate of the city’s slums, however, still hangs in the balance. Many had severely opposed the civic body’s move to not map the city’s slums as part of the existing land use (ELU) exercise.
While the civic body has not clarified whether slums are included in the plan, sources said no detailed survey was conducted.
One major factor to look out for will be the BMC’s way of addressing the city’s infrastructural inadequacies.
“We need to see how the civic body deals with crucial gaps in the city’s amenities – be it open spaces, educational or health facilities,” said Pankaj Joshi, executive director of the Urban Design Research I nstitute (UDRI), which has campaigned for more public involvement in the DP formulation.
BMC chief Sitaram Kunte said the plan had taken care of Mumbai’s current needs.
“Right from giving the competitive edge it requires to ensuring ease of doing business to making it inclusive, the plan has tried to address all aspects. We have also tried to address ways in which we can make Mumbai a smart city.”