Delay in DP will cause BMC Rs. 4.24 cr additional cost
Mumbai city’s development plan (DP) is already delayed twice from its actual publishing date and now it is said the date will be extended for one year and can be published in April 2015. The standing committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) approved the proposal of DP department of extending the publishing date of DP with a cost variation of Rs 4.24 crore. DP department has to say that as there are two elections held in this year caused the delay in work. The department had commenced the work on DP from May 2011, considering a dead line of December 2013. But they could not maintain the deadline and the department requested an extension for the plan that was set to be published in March 2014 for Rs 5.48 crore, from the state government. “We could not meet the dead- lines as elections kept everyone busy and it was difficult to gather suggestions from public representatives and again in assembly election we will have to face same difficulty. Another reason for the delay is the extensive workshops that we have undertaken to incorporate suggestions from the citizens. We will take time to review all the suggestions,” said Rajiv Kuknoor, chief engineer of the DP department. Further he added, “We will prepare the DP within one year now, however, we would have to undertake the study separately after the draft DP had been published in April. The department has conducted ward wise workshop for public and peoples' representatives for discussion on the DP, which included ward representatives, NGOs, corporators, activists and municipal councilors. The plan, prepared by the civic body, decides the way the city will develop in the next two decades i.e. till 2034.