BMC fails to mark pri­vate hos­pi­tals, schools in draft DP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­

MUM­BAI: Hun­dreds of pub­lic ameni­ties, such as schools, col­leges and hos­pi­tals, and some land­mark struc­tures like the Bom­bay Stock Ex­change tower have gone miss­ing from the city’s de­vel­op­ment plan.

In yet an­other con­tro­ver­sial move, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has de­cided not to mark crit­i­cal pri­vately-owned pub­lic ameni­ties in the city’s blueprint for the next 20 years.

Some of th­ese in­clude the SNDT Women’s Univer­sity in Marine Lines, Kirti M Doongursee Col­lege in Dadar, PD Hin­duja Hos­pi­tal & Re­search Cen­tre in Mahim, the Bom­bay Stock Ex­change tower, Haj House and the Swan­tantrya Veer Savarkar Me­mo­rial at Shivaji Park. The sur­vey has also not marked many stu­dent hos­tels, mainly around Church­gate and Grant Road, both prime real es­tate area.

Here lies the prob­lem: in its freshly-re­leased Des­ig­na­tion Sur­vey, the BMC has not marked th­ese ameni­ties for their cur­rent use, but in­stead, rec­om­mended that the ameni­ties be “in­cluded in the sur­round­ing zone”. This means their use in the de­vel­op­ment plan will not be spe­cific, but vague, be­cause the civic body has cre­ated two mixed-use zones — com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial.

Many be­lieve this am­bi­gu­ity could lead to land own­ers eas­ily chang­ing the use of th­ese es­sen­tial ameni­ties.


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