Sena seeks PM’s intervention to get `14L crore from Centre for city DP
Also wants special body for timely implementation
Mumbai: Amidst fractious ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide a special sum exclusively for the implementation of Mumbai Development Plan (DP) 2034.
The request is for Rs 14 lakh crore.
The party has also asked the Centre to constitute a separate Mumbai Development Authority for timely implementation of DP without encroaching upon BMC’s jurisdiction. Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shevale communicated this to the Centre.
The plea for intervention comes at a propitious time: Sena has been reiterating its resolve to go solo in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, while BJP holds on to hope of an alliance.
Implementation of the DP and the Development Control and Promotion Regulations (DCPR) will begin on November 1.
“The Central government needs to sanction and release Rs 14 lakh crore in a phased manner for effective and timely implementation of the DP,” said Shevale at the sidelines of a global infrastructure summit, “Mumbai contributes to 30 per cent of the total tax revenue to the exchequer and is the main economic engine of India. So implementation of the development plan is crucial.”
Many parcels of land in the city have been earmarked for being developed into hospitals, schools and community centres. “However, there have been delays in handing over the lands, which belong to State and Central government, and private owners to BMC for development,” Shevale said.
Pankaj Joshi, director of Urban Design Research Institute says the DP needs to be implemented like a project with a 20-year outlay. “Every year of implementation should be monitored to see how much of the funds have been spent and what the shortfall is,” he says. “If there is shortage of funds, then it will have to be augmented so that there is near 100 per cent implementation of the DP by 2034.”