MUMBAI: Applauding the BMC for making public a list of plots after correcting their designations, citizens and experts said that the details will give them an idea on what to expect from the revised draft Development Plan (DP), expected to be released in February 2016. However, some suggested that the BMC should also make available physical copies of the designation surveys at ward offices. At present, the list has been uploaded on the BMC website— www.mcgm.gov.in.
The DP draft 2034 ran into a major controversy after it was published in February this year with several plots being allotted wrong designations and proposed roads running through buildings and heritage structures. Following the flak, the BMC’s DP revision team is now being over cautious.
The team plans to place everything in the public domain before releasing the final document. A civic official said designation surveys have been conducted in each ward and details—actual use, location, plot number and designation— clearly stated in the revised list. “We have sought citizen’s observations on the new list. This is not a suggestion/objection period but if there are any corrections, they will be done,” said the official.
However, architect Aravind Unni from NGO Youth For Unity and Voluntary Action (Yuva) said, “Instead of giving out the designation details in a tabular format, the BMC should have marked them on maps. There may still be a doubt on whether a particular designation is being mapped correctly,” said Unni.
Activist Godfrey Pimenta said not everyone is tech-savvy and hence, the BMC should make available physical copies of the survey at ward offices.