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Enough of delays, decide Mumbai’s future at the earliest: BMC chief to Maharashtra govt

Mumbai city news: Civic chief Ajoy Mehta has conveyed to the state he is not in favour of giving another extension for the draft DP.

mumbai Updated: May 23, 2017 08:55 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Development Plan,DP 2034

Although the elected representatives in the Mumbai civic body, especially from the ruling Shiv Sena, want yet another deadline extension for the draft Development Plan (DP) 2034, civic chief Ajoy Mehta has conveyed to the state government that he is not in favour of it. In fact, the DP should be passed as soon as possible to facilitate development in the city, he wrote in his letter to the state government, a copy of which is with HT.

Mehta wrote it is not right (on the part of corporators) to demand more time to study.

He has also said currently, the more stringent norms between DP 1991 and DP 2034 are being applied in the city

Mehta’s comments may lead to the state denying an extension this time around. This would mean a deemed approval from the corporations’ side for the plan.

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Once the plan is submitted to the state, it has six months to pass it. Any changes suggested by corporators or incorporated from the planning committee’s recommendations will have to be put up for another round of suggestions\objections from citizens.

Until Monday, however, the BMC had not received any reply from the government on the letter.

In the past one year, the BMC has demanded four extensions to pass the 20-year blueprint for the city. While the elected body was to pass the draft before May 19, Sena leader Yashwant Jadhav demanded another two-month extension stating that the newly-elected corporators needed more time to study the plan. He also said the steps taken by the administration in educating the members were inadequate. The elected body unanimously passed the proposal asking the commissioner to write to the state to seek an extension till July 18.

In his letter, Mehta has also given a detailed list of the workshops and presentations arranged for corporators in the past few months; which also includes two separate sessions for Sena corporators and leaders.

Senior civic officials have been pointing at how this delay is causing confusion, especially in the real estate market. With projects getting delayed and some not even starting, this is causing a loss in development revenue for the civic body, they said.

First Published: May 23, 2017 08:55 IST