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Revised draft DP will be published in two months: Mumbai civic body tells high court

Mumbai city news: The civic body has asked for eight weeks to place a copy of the published draft before the court and added that the BMC plans to publish it in two months, after which objections and suggestions on the draft will begin.

mumbai Updated: Jun 08, 2017 00:33 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday told the Bombay high court that the revised draft for the development plan (DP) will be published within six weeks of the general body’s approval.

It also assured the Muslim community of H/West ward of a cemetery, once the draft was approved.

Work on the revised draft has been completed, the BMC said in an affidavit.

It has asked for eight weeks to place a copy of the published draft before the court and added that the BMC plans to publish it in two months, after which objections and suggestions on the draft will begin.

BMC counsel Anil Sakhare filed the affidavit in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) by Mohammed Furqan Mohammed Ali Qureshi, a real estate developer from Bandra. The PIL said that there a cemetery was needed in H/West ward, which had a Muslim population of 1.72 lakh. There had been 4,794 Muslim deaths in eight years in the ward, which comprises Bandra (West) and Khar (West). The petitioner said that he had approached the BMC for a Sunni cemetery but it had fallen on deaf ears, and so he had moved court.

The BMC affidavit came after the court ordered a temporary freeze on a 47-hectare plot in Bandra Reclamation, part of which was being used for a casting yard and temporary labour accommodation for Metro-3 workers.

The court ordered all authorities to maintain the status quo after the BMC failed to show how much of the land would be reserved in its draft DP for the cemetery. In the affidavit, the civic body has said that it would earmark a plot measuring 3,000 sqm for the cemetery.