De­spite flak, BMC sticks to contentious draft DP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­ Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­

The coun­try’s lead­ing car­maker Maruti Suzuki In­dia Ltd has re­called 77,380 ve­hi­cles to up­grade the airbag con­troller soft­ware and re­place a faulty fuel fil­ter of two of its fast-sell­ing mod­els — the Baleno pre­mium hatch­back and the Swift DZire com­pact sedan.

The com­pany said on Friday its deal­ers will reach out to buy­ers of th­ese ve­hi­cles from May 31.

It will re­call 75,419 Balenos, in­clud­ing 17,231 units of ex­ports, man­u­fac­tured be­tween Au­gust 3, 2015 and May 17, 2016. The airbag con­troller soft­ware of th­ese cars will be up­graded. Also, the car­maker will re­call 1,961 DZire diesel cars with auto-shift gear tech­nol­ogy to inspect and re­place a faulty fuel fil­ter. This is Maruti’s sec­ond re­call in the past cou­ple of weeks. It an­nounced on May 19 a re­call of 20,427 units of its pre­mium S-Cross cross­over cars to inspect faulty brake parts and re­place them.

The city’s 20-year blue­print for its growth has been un­veiled.

Fac­ing flak from sec­tions of ur­ban plan­ners and ac­tivists, the gen­eral body of the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC), on Friday, gave its nod to make the city’s de­vel­op­ment plan (DP) pub­lic, sig­nal­ing the be­gin­ning of a 60-day pe­riod for ci­ti­zens to send in their in­puts on it.

In its vi­sion for the next two decades, the DP has pro­posed to fo­cus on cre­at­ing 10 lakh af­ford­able homes, in­creas­ing the city’s green cover and adding ad­e­quate com­mer­cial space to boost the city’s econ­omy.

To this end, the DP has promised one of the big­gest land re­leases the city has ever seen, open­ing up over 3,734 hectares of erst­while No De­vel­op­ment Zones (NDZ) for de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing salt pan lands, which form nearly 8% of the to­tal land in the city.

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