BJP-Sena tus­sle could hit de­vel­op­ment plan

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

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