The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) received 15,000 letters on the last day of submitting suggestions and objections on the controversial draft Mumbai Development Plan (DP) 2034 on Friday. The total number of suggestions and objections is now over 50,000, officials confirmed. The task of revising the plan and ensuring that errors pointed out in each letter are corrected, begins now.
The BMC released the draft plan in February and gave a 60-day period to the residents to submit suggestions and objections. Till Thursday evening, the corporation had received close to 35,000 letters at its Citizens Facilitation Centre at the civic body headquarters in CST.
Next, the letters will be sent to the DP revision committee’s office in Sion and sorted as per the plot numbers of each complaint.
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“Once we have sorted the letters, the committee will look into suggestions and objections on each plot. We have already noted that a majority of the letters are on same issues,” an official said.
The official also confirmed that the revision committee will require support staff for the huge task in hand. The revision committee in Sion is a 22-member team comprising administrative staff and town planning officials. The staff said that they were already overworked. An official from the team said, “We are here working till 1.30 in the night at times. Half of our time will go in just processing the complaints.
Our work will double, now that the deadline is over.”
On Thursday, the BMC also received the state government’s directive on rectifying errors in the DP and republishing it within four months. BMC will have to get the revised draft passed by the general body consisting of 227 corporators before releasing it for suggestions and objections by August. A senior civic official from the DP department said, “As this directive has superseded all general procedures, there is still uncertainty on how the department will work. It will be very difficult to correct errors and bring out a revised version in just four months.”