BMC to cor­rect mark­ing er­rors in sur­vey for DP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit and Tanushree Venka­tra­man ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The city may now be a step closer to get­ting an er­ror-free de­vel­op­ment plan (DP), af­ter the civic body ac­cepted sev­eral flaws in its des­ig­na­tion sur­vey, which forms the ba­sis for the DP.

HT had through its re­ports pointed out plot-mark­ing er­rors for Prithvi The­atre, SNDT Women’s Univer­sity and Kirti Col­lege. The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has rec­ti­fied all th­ese er­rors.

As a re­sponse to the se­ries of re­ports that HT has car­ried on the is­sue, the BMC has agreed to con­sider mark­ing pri­vate ameni­ties, which the sur­vey had ear­lier de­cided to skip, and not al­low con­struc­tion on open spa­ces. It has also agreed to in­clude her­itage struc­tures as part of the DP, but at a later stage.

The des­ig­na­tion sur­vey is a cru­cial step in the process of cre­at­ing the DP as it seeks to mark ex­ist­ing pri­vate and pub­lic ameni­ties in the city. Mark­ing them wrongly would paint an er­ro­neous pic­ture of the city’s in­fra­struc­ture.

The civic body, in its re­sponse, has agreed to con­sider in­clud­ing 700 pri­vate ameni­ties, which it had not in­cluded in the sur­vey that was made pub­lic in Novem­ber. It also re­it­er­ated that th­ese ameni­ties will be counted as ‘city ameni­ties’, a de­mand made by ur­ban plan­ners and the civil so­ci­ety.

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