No private firms to be involved in revising DP: BMC

The BMC is also creating a digital matrix of all the errors based on two types, plot-wise and use-wise.

Written by Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai | Published:May 6, 2015 1:33 am
bmc, maharashtra development plan, development plan, bmc development plane, mumbai development plan, draft development plan 2034, mumbai development plan 2034, mumbai news, india news, indian express The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to not include any private firms or consultants in the revision process of the Maharashtra Development Plan.

Having faced enough criticism regarding the erroneous land-use maps in the draft development plan (DP) 2034, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to not include any private firms or consultants in the revision process. Top officials in the BMC have confirmed that “no outsiders” but only the civic body’s DP department will be involved in the revision.

The BMC is also creating a digital matrix of all the errors based on two types, plot-wise and use-wise. While the plot-wise errors will include all the mistakes in reservations, use-wise will include the arbitrary new proposed roads cutting across buildings and religious structures, as pointed by certain resident associations. Software ‘SoftTech’ will be used to match the existing land use maps with the proposed maps to mark the errors.

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“We have had enough with the consultants being involved in the project. We have enough manpower to undertake the task on our own. Our first plan is to digitise the errors, we will decide our next course of action from thereon,” said a senior civic official.

In the previous process, the contract of drafting the plan was awarded to SCE Ltd through a tendering process in 2012. The company subcontracted the work to Aegis, which is also said to have entered into a venture with another private firm, Memoris. The consortium was majorly responsible to digitally mark the location on the maps, where a majority of the fault lies, as pointed by several residential associations and experts.

The new process was discussed in meetings held by new Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta with the DP department last week. According to a state government order issued to BMC in April, the civic body will have to rectify the errors and republish the plan within the next four months.

“We will consider all the letters, suggestions or objections and media reports to see the errors. Till now, we have seen the mistakes individually. We want to now take it on the digital platform to see the larger picture. It will be like putting together a jigsaw puzzle of all the errors,” the official said.

The BMC will also compare the proposed development control regulations (DCR) with the earlier rules to note the revamp. “Larger issues like the floor space index (FSI) and heritage will also be considered in the revision,” added the official.

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