DP will also map slums,specially planned areas

According to the minutes of the meeting,BMC will also conduct public consultation workshops in every ward after June 22.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 28, 2013 5:08 am

BMC will also include mapping of slums and specially planned areas (SPAs) in its 2013-2014 development plan (DP).

At a meeting with citizens and Urban Development Research Institute (UDRI),it said discussions would be held with state planning agencies such as MMRDA and Airports Authority of India to include SPAs.

“Two-third of the city area is under slums and SPAs. If we do not include this portion what is the point of the city plan?” said UDRI executive director Pankaj Joshi.

BMC standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said: “We too feel slums,where 70 per cent of the city population stays,cannot be left out of the planning process. We are looking to schedule a meeting with the state government (UD secretary,CMO),SCC,the improvement committee,DP department and MMRDA to address technical issues in inclusion of SPAs.”

The meeting with citizens was held for greater participation in the planning process. DP had recently come in for criticism for failing to keep citizens informed.

According to the minutes of the meeting,BMC will also conduct public consultation workshops in every ward after June 22. These workshops held with NGOs will involve existing situation analysis,which includes all 4,500 suggestions and objections from citizens to the published existing land use.

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