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Mumbai civic chief says general body has to pass Development Plan by Tuesday

Mumbai city news: A senior civic official said that the August 24th is the deadline for the administration to submit the entire DP with the proposed amendment, with the changes on the map to the state government and not for the general body. BMC is supposed to send the note of amendment to the state on July 18th

mumbai Updated: Jul 17, 2017 00:32 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
Sanjana Bhalerao
Hindustan Times
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Sena corporator and leader of the house Yashwant Jadhav said that the state has granted it time till August 24 to pass the plan. (HT)

A day after 227 corporators general body passed a resolution demanding 15-day extension to approve Development Plan 2034 stating August 24th as the final deadline, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta clarified that the deadline for the general body was July 18. This means the body will lose its right to register its say if the deadline was missed.

“As per the extension given and by the law July 18th is the final deadline for passing the DP,” said Ajoy Mehta.

A senior civic official said that the August 24th is the deadline for the administration to submit the entire DP with the proposed amendment, with the changes on the map to the state government and not for the general body. BMC is supposed to send the note of amendment to the state on July 18th.

After granting three extensions to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the state government, in a letter dated May 31st, had informed the general body that no further extensions will given for the approval of the development plan (DP) 2034 beyond the deadline of July 18.

Sena corporator and leader of the house Yashwant Jadhav said that the state has granted it time till August 24 to pass the plan.

“If the general body doesn’t submit the document by the July 18th deadline then they will have no say in the contents of the development plan of the city for next 20 years,” said a senior civic official.

The letter also points that the DP has been in preparation for eight years and BMC will not get an extension further than this. However, if state again grants extension and decides to give another 15 days then the corporation will get chance to discuss the DP, if not then the 227 corporators just have Monday for the discussion. The resolution passed on Friday will now be submitted to the commissioner and the next course of action will be decided.

Post the February-2017 elections, this is the third extension sought by the corporation.

On Friday, Sena corporators said that all the 227 corporators should be given a chance to present his/her views on the plan. Keeping this in view, a discussion of 2-3 days would not suffice, corporators pointed out.

The plan is a crucial document on Mumbai’s 20-year vision for the city which had to be passed in 2014. Constant delays have slowed down the already affected real estate sector in the city.

First Published: Jul 17, 2017 00:32 IST