BMC study lists big changes in city's land use
The land use classification of at least 1,200 plots in the city differs markedly in a document the BMC has got ready to form the basis for a new development plan (DP). Kunal Purohit reports.mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2012 00:58 IST
The land use classification of at least 1,200 plots in the city differs markedly in a document the BMC has got ready to form the basis for a new development plan (DP).
Many plots that were mar-ked as no-development zones in 1991 DP, which is still in force, are shown as for residential and industrial use in the existing land use (ELU) document prepared recently by consultants appointed by the BMC to prepare a new DP, which is due every 20 years and determines land use in the city.
The changes showed up when the ELU was examined by the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), a city-based organisation that studies urban planning. It is not clear if the changes in land use classification in the ELU are errors or changes made by the authorities quietly over last two decades.
For example, the JJ Institute of Applied arts has been shown as existing on a commercial and not educational plot. Two plots on the Sewri-Chembur road classified as no-development zones in 1991 are for industrial and transportation use in the ELU.
If this document is not corrected before it is used to create the new DP, Mumbaiites stand to lose the open spaces and civic amenities they are entitled to.
Pankaj Joshi, executive director, UDRI, said: "The BMC must ensure the ELU study does not have such flaws." While BMC chief Sitaram Kunte was out of the country and hence, not available, the chief engineer, DP dep-artment, Rajiv Kuknur did not respond to calls, text messages.