Sena seeks PM’s in­ter­ven­tion to get `14L crore from Cen­tre for city DP

Also wants spe­cial body for timely im­ple­men­ta­tion

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - San­jay Jog

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.”

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