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Govt may extend deadline for objections for part of Mumbai’s Development Plan

The town planning department has so far received 597 suggestions and objections to EP

mumbai Updated: Jun 20, 2018 10:38 IST
Eeshanpriya MS
Eeshanpriya MS
Hindustan Times
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The deadline for filing suggestions and objections for the excluded part (EP) of the Development Plan 2034 (DP) is likely to be extended beyond June 21. The town planning department has so far received 597 suggestions and objections to EP. Of them, 150 are against the Development Control and Promotions Regulation (DCPR).

The reason for the probable deadline extension could be non-publication of maps (DP sheets) of the suburbs and island city, said an official.

The state government had allotted one month for filing suggestions and objections to EP from the time the gazette notification was published on May 22.

A senior official said, “The period of one month is calculated either from the time the DP notification is published or the DP sheets (ward-wise maps according to the DP provisions) are released by the government, whichever is later.” DP sheets for the island city are ready, but the government is still making changes to the sheets for the suburbs. Once they are ready, all DP sheets will be published.

EP contains changes made by the state government in the DP notification. The DP, which is the city’s growth blueprint for 20 years, was divided into two parts — sanctioned and excluded part. The sanctioned part was approved by the state last month.

On objections to EP, an official said, “There are several duplicate suggestions as citizens mark copies to the state government and the civic body. These are then forwarded to us by the concerned authorities. We will segregate the copies and study them after the deadline.”

Once the deadline is over, officials from the town planning department are given a year to study suggestions and submit a report to the state government, which will then take a final call.

Since May 28 when the BMC’s DP assistance cell began interaction with citizens to address their concerns about EP, 447 citizens have visited the BMC office for clarifications. Once the maps are published, they will be uploaded online and will also be displayed at the BMC’s headquarters for citizens.

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 10:38 IST