Sur­vey for new DP draft marks Parel tower as park­ing lot

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: A multi-storey tower is marked as a ‘park­ing lot’; a school with a play­ground is marked only as ‘other ed­u­ca­tional amenity’; and a res­i­den­tial build­ing hous­ing com­mer­cial out­lets is a ‘mar­ket’. In a con­gested city like Mum­bai, which has fol­lowed the con­cept of mixed-land use for decades, the newly re­leased des­ig­nated sur­vey is of no use. Re­leased by the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC), the des­ig­nated sur­vey doc­u­ment, in­stead of recog­nis­ing ar­eas for mul­ti­pur­pose util­ity, has marked them for sin­gle-use.

The des­ig­nated sur­vey is the first phase of work the civic body has un­der­taken while cre­at­ing the re­vised draft de­vel­op­ment plan (DP) 2034.

The multi-storey tower Kal­pataru Avana in Parel has been marked as a ‘park­ing lot’, even though the same doc­u­ment ac­knowl­edges the res­i­den­tial tower with park­ing lots. The sur­vey has got it wrong in sev­eral such in­stances, es­pe­cially in the is­land city.

In Ban­dra, a ground-plus-six struc­ture that houses a li­brary on the ground floor and has apart­ments on the other floors has been marked as a ‘li­brary’ in the sur­vey. Sim­i­larly, an­other ground-plus-nine-storey res­i­den­tial tower has been marked as a ‘wel­fare cen­tre’.

Ac­cord­ing to ur­ban plan­ners, the lack of des­ig­na­tion for mul­ti­pur­pose util­ity can have dis­as­trous con­se­quences.

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