Blueprint to make your life better in Mumbai gets BMC nod
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Blueprint to make your life better in Mumbai gets BMC nod

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) moved 114 amendments, followed by the ruling party Shiv Sena at 82.

mumbai Updated: Aug 01, 2017 11:43 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ran a marathon session of more than seven hours on Monday in a bid to pass the Development Plan (DP) 2034 as more than 60 corporators spoke on the plan and 267 amendments were likely to be moved by the corporators till the end of session on Monday night.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) moved 114 amendments, followed by the ruling party Shiv Sena at 82.

HT was the first to report that the DP is likely to be passed on Monday with over 250 amendments. The final deadline for the corporation to submit its plan to the Maharashtra government is on August 2. At the time of going to press, corporators said the proposal for a metro car-shed at Aarey is expected to be put to vote among all the amendments.

The DP will now be sent to the state government’s urban development department (UDD) for final scrutiny. The state will take another six months to pass the plan, which has been pending since 2014.

Since March, the newly elected corporation had sought three extensions, stretching to 135 days overall, but conducted only a three-day discussion on the 20-year infrastructure plan for the city.

Among major amendments, the BJP has demanded a 250-hectare Central Park to be created at Mazgaon on the Mumbai Port Trust Land (MbPT), where 120 hectares will require reclamation. The BJP has also demanded a world-class museum in Juhu. Manoj Kotak, group leader of BJP in BMC, said, “Today, there is hardly any scope for tourism in the city. We want the city’s waterfront to be developed like other world-class cities.”

Sources said the Sena has put in an amendment to change the reservation at Aarey from its current metro car-shed to a green zone.

Of all the amendments, the only contentious one is that of the Metro car-shed proposal, which will be put to vote. Most amendments by the Sena and the BJP are going to be passed owing to their sheer strength in the house (84 Sena corporators and 82 BJP corporators). BJP corporators were also confident that their amendments will be accepted at the BJP-ruled state government as the final decision on the DP proposals is dependent on the state.

While a planning committee that heard citizens’ on the DP has submitted 2,245 recommendations on the plan, Kotak, who was also a part of the committee said that there are as many as 90 amendments which are contrary to those stated by the committtee. “In such cases, the corporation’s decision will supersede those of the planning committee,” he said.

The BJP has also demanded the reservation of Film City in Goregaon be changed from Natural Area to Special Industrial Zone so as to not disturb the current industry assignments.

Meanwhile, other parties were also to put forward amendments on Monday. Congress was to put in 25 amendments, followed by 21 from NCP, 12 by Samajwadi Party and another nine expected from MNS.

The Congress has demanded the use of 500 acres of land at Oshiwara to be used for a Central Park rather than creating a 300-acre Central Park at Nariman point as per the DP. NCP group leader Rakhi Jadhav said they have put forward proposals demanding reservation for colleges and developing plots in their wards.

A senior civic official from the DP department said the officials will take a few days to plot and list the number of amendments before it is sent to the state.

First Published: Aug 01, 2017 11:35 IST