Civic chief asks for de­vel­op­ment plan for city within two months

As­sis­tant di­rec­tor of town plan­ning dept to en­sure work is com­pleted in time

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G. Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

CBD BELAPUR: Irked with the ab­sence of a de­vel­op­ment plan (DP) for the city, de­spite the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) be­ing formed 25 years ago, civic chief Tukaram Munde on Friday or­dered the ad­min­is­tra­tion to get the blue­print for city’s de­vel­op­ment ready within two months.

The work on the DP has been go­ing on at a snail’s pace for years.

The NMMC gen­eral body had first ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion for prepa­ra­tion of the plan in 1997. How­ever, the DP is not ready till date.

Munde learnt about the de­lay while con­duct­ing a re­view of the depart­ment.

He has now en­trusted the work of pre­par­ing the DP to as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of town plan­ning depart­ment of NMMC Su­nil Ha­jare, who joined the civic body in May last year.

“The pri­or­ity so far has been giv­ing com­mence­ment (CC) and occupation cer­tifi­cates (OC) for construction projects, in­stead of prepa­ra­tion of DP. There is talk of the com­mis­sioner com­ing down hard on the at­ti­tude. He has set a two-month dead­line for mak­ing the DP,” said a source privy to the in­for­ma­tion.

De­vel­op­ers hope the DP will make the process of get­ting per­mis­sions smoother.

“Sev­eral construction pro­pos­als filed un­der the 1.5 FSI scheme are pend­ing. The pro­pos­als for re­de­vel­op­ment of di­lap­i­dated build­ings have been sub­mit­ted to the town plan­ning depart­ment al­most 5-6 months ago, but are yet to get cleared,” said a de­vel­oper.

“Ac­cord­ing to the norms, the construction per­mis­sions should come within 60 days, but the files have not been cleared for months,” he said.

“Things are chang­ing un­der the new com­mis­sioner. We are hop­ing things will now get smoother in the depart­ment, ”he added.

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