Draft DP: BMC left with a month to study 84,000 of your ob­jec­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The de­lay in ap­point­ing a plan­ning com­mit­tee has left the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) with just about a month to hear ob­jec­tions to the city’s Devel­op­ment Plan (DP) 2034. Ac­cord­ing to a right to in­for­ma­tion (RTI) ap­pli­ca­tion filed by the Ur­ban De­sign Re­search In­sti­tute (UDRI), cit­i­zens sub­mit­ted 84,000 ob­jec­tions to the plan.

While the plan­ning com­mit­tee gets two months to hear ob­jec­tions from cit­i­zens, de­lays by rul­ing al­lies Sena and BJP has left the BMC with very lit­tle time to com­plete the mam­moth task. The state-ap­pointed com­mit­tee com­prises Gau­tam Chat­ter­jee, a re­tired state ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary, Sud­hir Ghate, a re­tired civic chief en­gi­neer and Suresh V Surve, a re­tired deputy di­rec­tor of town plan­ning.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior of­fi­cials from the DP depart­ment, the com­mit­tee is ex­pected to sub­mit a re­port on its hear­ings to the BMC by Novem­ber 26, six months since the DP was pub­lished for pub­lic scru­tiny.

The hear­ings are cru­cial to speed up the process of sanc­tion­ing a blue­print for the city.

The Sena named three cor­po­ra­tors for the com­mit­tee only last week. It was, how­ever, sup­posed to an­nounce the de­ci­sion in the first week of Au­gust.

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