Mumbai civic chief to seek extension for Development Plan panel

Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta will seek an extension till the end of December from the general body.

Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Published:October 16, 2016 3:13 am

OWING to the delay in appointing members to the planning committee for the Development Plan 2034, a final report on the suggestions and objections by citizens, to be submitted to the general body of the corporation, will miss its November 26 deadline. Hearings for citizens who submitted responses will begin Monday, but municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta will seek an extension till the end of December from the general body.

After the appointment of the three elected representatives — Sena corporators Trushna Vishwasrao, Yashodhar Phanse and BJP group leader Manoj Kotak — on October 7, the entire planning committee had its first meeting with the municipal commissioner on Saturday.

During the meeting, the members discussed the need for an extension. “We were given a presentation about the process and the work that needs to be done. We have asked for an extension since it is not feasible to conduct hearings for 13,000 suggestions and objections and prepare the report, all by November 26,” said Vishwasrao.

A senior civic official said Mehta will seek an extension from the general body. If the general body grants the approval, he will write to the Urban Development department, on behalf of the planning authority, for the final approval. “The planning committee members stated that they will complete the hearings and submit the report by December 16, after which the general body will have to approve the report by December 31. The commissioner will ask for an extension of 35 days from the general body next week,” the official said.

Officials of the DP department stated that the hearings will start from Monday and will be held everyday from 10:30 am till 3:30 pm. “We are yet to finalise the schedule but the hearings will start with the government agencies, which will take around one week. About 48 government agencies, including the Public Works Department, BEST, Airport Authority of India among others will appear for these hearings,” said a senior official from the DP department.