Despite the party’s objections to the revised draft Development Plan (DP) 2014-2034, the Shiv Sena, which controls the BMC, indicated on Thursday that it will allow the draft DP to be published for inviting suggestions and objections from the public, after it is tabled during the general body meeting of the corporation on Friday.
Earlier this week, a Sena delegation had met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with a list of demands opposing the proposal of opening up the no-development zones (NDZs), salt pans and green zones for affordable housing, reclamation of the 300 acres of land to create the Central Park in Cuffe Parade and the Metro carshed in Aarey colony among others.
It had also demanded a higher per capita ratio of open spaces and an increase in FSI for old buildings to encourage redevelopment.
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The delegation was led by Industries Minister Subhash Desai, former mayor and MLA Sunil Prabhu and Sena corporator and leader of the House in BMC Trushna Vishwasrao.
“We have raised certain objections and will continue to oppose those if not amended. But we will allow the proposal to publish the draft DP for inviting suggestions from the public,” said Vishwasrao.
Sources point out that the Sena is not firm on its stand of opposing the draft DP because if they don’t approve it on Friday, the state government will take over the DP and will publish it on its own on May 31.
So, the BMC would lose control over the DP, said a senior civic official.
Officials added that residents of Mumbai will have 60 days for sending their suggestions and objections. Then, a committee comprising three standing committee members and four experts, will be appointed.
They will hear each and every suggestion and objection in 60 days. Soon after, a consolidated report will be made, which will be placed before the general body to discuss and give approval in 60 days to send to the state government for final approval.
Opposition parties in the civic body said it will oppose the draft DP on Friday.
“It is not in the interest of the citizens. So, we will oppose it on Friday,” said Pravin Chheda, Congress corporator and leader of opposition in BMC.
Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party corporator and group leader in BMC said: “In the draft DP, the civic body has not mapped the slums. It must be taken into consideration that almost 50 per cent of the population live in slums. So we will oppose it.”