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Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress to make 300 changes to Mumbai’s development blueprint for 20 years

Mumbai city news: Opposition parties like the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will submit about 20 amendments each

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2017 09:19 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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According to sources, the highest number of amendments will be demanded by ruling party Shiv Sena — about 100-150, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is likely to demand another 80 changes. (File)

Corporators from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are likely to make 300 amendments in the city’s long-pending Development Plan (DP) 2034, sources privy to the party meetings said. According to sources, the highest number of amendments will be demanded by ruling party Shiv Sena — about 100-150, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is likely to demand another 80 changes.

Opposition parties like the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will submit about 20 amendments each. Before starting the discussion on Friday, Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar had also said Sena will not allow any changes to the existing open spaces in the city. Sena has been opposing the reservation of the Metro car-shed at Aarey, which the state is keen on. When asked about an amendment to change the Metro car-shed reservation, Mahadeshwar said, “Open spaces are the lungs of Mumbai. We will not allow any changes on pristine green spaces.”

The amendments made by the corporators will be sent to the state government’s urban development department for consideration. A senior civic official from the DP department said, “All the amendments will be marked in the DP sheets and then sent by the commissioner to the state for final approval.”

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Party leaders said most of the amendments are demands for social amenities, changes in reservations and change in road width if it is affecting structures.

Rais Shaikh, corporator from Byculla and SP leader, said, “I am currently scrutinising about 18 amendments proposed by SP corporators. One of our demands is for reservation for a college in Mankhurd of the M/East ward as the area does not have any higher education institutes.” Shaikh is also going to put forth amendments for the Development Control Rules (DCR) 2034.

Mangesh Satamkar, a Shiv Sena corporator from Antop Hill, said he will put forward a demand to scrap a newly proposed road at Antop Hill and instead increase the width of the present road from 30 feet to 90 feet.

Ravi Raja, Congress corporator from the same area, said the party will be against de-reserving any open spaces in the city, a demand made by the Sena, too. Raja said, “I have got about 22 amendments till now, all of which will be scrutinised.” BJP group leader Manoj Kotak said there will be a discussion on the amendments for two days in the general body meeting.

Leaders said all the amendments will be put forth in the general body meeting by next week. Last week, the Sena demanded another 15-day extension to pass the plan stating that every corporator must get a chance to put forth his/her view.

This is the third extension sought by the corporation to pass the crucial document. There are 227 elected and five nominated councillors in the BMC.

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First Published: Jul 19, 2017 09:14 IST