De­lay in DP will cause BMC Rs. 4.24 cr ad­di­tional cost

Accommodation Times - - News - By Staff Re­porter

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.

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