The finalisation of the Development Plan 2034 has been delayed further, after the proposal to appoint three members of the standing committee on the DP planning committee was deferred in the general body meeting on Tuesday.
Instead of nominating three members, Shiv Sena corporators demanded that all the group leaders be included in the planning committee for a fair representation of all political parties, a proposal supported by all the parties except Congress.
The decision was deferred after a round of voting.
Citing lack of clarity in the norms for appointment of the planning committee members, Sena corporators pointed out that the powers of the committee are not clearly described either.
Demanding that the proposal be adjourned and amended, Leader of the House Trushna Vishwasrao said, “There are no rules for appointment of a chairperson of the committee or for the formation of the committee. The norms don’t even specify whether group leaders should be nominated as members. Therefore, all group leaders should be a part of the committee.”
While members of Samajwadi Party, MNS and INC lent their support to the proposal, BJP corporator Dilip Patel stated that the norms on the appointment of the committee can be amended to include all the group leaders instead of just three.
“We are at the final stages of implementation of the DP and Sena’s proposal should have come much earlier, instead of deliberately stalling the process now. If the amendment can be done in 10-15 days by the state government, then all the group leaders can be included in the committee,” Patel said.
Congress corporators, including Opposition Leader Pravin Chheda, and Asif Zakaria strongly objected to the proposal of including all the group leaders in the committee, and stated that Sena and the BJP were trying to delay the passing of the DP till after the BMC elections next year.
Zakaria said, “The Mumbai Regional Town Planning Act clearly states that the state has to appoint up to four members and three from standing committee. There is no confusion there. All the 227 members cannot be on the committee, which is why we need to nominate three of us. All councillors will have a say at the later stage, when the final report is submitted in the House.”
The confusion stemmed from two sections of the MRTP and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act 1888.
Civic officials had stated that while the MRTP Act states that the planning committee should have three members from the standing committee without any mention of a ratio, the amendment made in the MMC act in 2007 changed norms for appointment of a committee from election to nomination.
This, however, does not include the DP planning committee.