BJP-Sena tussle could hit development plan
MUMBAI: With just a day to go for the city’s development plan (DP) to be unveiled, a political tussle is brewing between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). And it could result in Mumbaiites having little say in how their city should develop.
For, if the Sena-ruled BMC rejects the DP, the state government may take over the plan, and then the corporators, who are the elected representatives closest to the ground, would have no voice.
The state government had given the BMC time till May 31 to revise the scrapped DP and publish it for citizens to give their suggestions and objections. This means that when BMC chief Ajoy Mehta presents the plan to corporators on Friday, they have only one working day, which is May 30, to decide whether to allow the DP to be published. This is what is cause for the Sena’s dilemma. It has opposed contentious proposals in the DP such as opening up of no-development zones (NDZs) and salt pan lands, allowing development of the Aarey Milk Colony, and reclaiming land from the sea. CONTINUED ON P12