Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said the draft development plan for Mumbai was dotted with serious errors and lapses which would require a re-look. Thus indicating that based on the recommendation of the sub-committee, a final decision on whether to scrap the plan would be taken. Fadnavis, however, admitted, “There are serious flaws in the Mumbai blue print. A three-member panel headed by Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya has been set up to review the plan and take a decision within 15 to 20 days. The government is open-ended on the matter.”
He has also agreed to attend the meeting of the committee as suggested by Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, and said views of other members would also be incorporated before taking a final decision.
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The CM said in the state legislature assembly, “The draft development plan has errors in the land use maps. The plan has not completely taken the heritage list of 1995 into consideration. While classifying ‘no-development zone’ for residential purposes, the DP has not kept sufficient reservation for public services.”
He added, “Prima facie, the appointment of the consultant and the changes therein has been done following all due process in accordance with the law.”
The CM also said that a detailed discussion was necessary before reserving vacant spaces in Aarey Colony for various purposes. With regard to landmark sites such as Haji Ali, Jehangir Art Gallery, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, Fadnavis said there were serious drafting errors while indicating reservations and also complaints about road widening.
He pointed out that, “There are reservations shown even on land where the BMC itself has given permission for development.” Besides, information provided by the civic body and data from sources also showed many shortcomings, the chief minister added.