April 19, 2015 1:21:45 am
Over 7,000 letters, with objections and suggestions to the Development Plan (DP), reached the civic body headquarters on Saturday, forcing the DP department’s dispatch section to set up three counters at the entrance.
The barrage of letters came from all sections, including hawkers, slum dwellers, those living in transit accommodation, as plots reserved for facilities for them were missing from the proposed DP.
“Nearly 2,100 suggestions were submitted by street vendors. Our main demand is that these natural markets should reflect in the DP and recognise those hawkers that are registered under the the Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending,” said Sayeed Hyder Imami, general manager, AITUC Hawkers Union.
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Several Mumbaikars had come to submit their suggestions and objections before the April 24 deadline, with most belonging to P North (Malad-Malvani area) and M East (Govandi) wards in the city.
Their suggestions were centered on the demand that all areas currently mapped as “slums” in the existing land use (ELU) survey, must be reserved as “public housing”.
According to YUVA’s Aravind Unni, as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) does not have a specific format, the organisations came up with their own format, DP point, the area the citizens have a problem with, exact objection and the suggestion.
The citizens were brought together under the umbrella of Hamara Shaher Vikas Niyojan Abhiyaan, Mumbai, which comprised volunteers from YUVA, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and other organisations. The detailed suggestions were divided into 10 sectors, covering social infrastructure, gender, MbPT area and environment, among others.
Till date, around 22,000 letters have reached BMC headquarters, of which only letters received up to April 9 have been processed and sent to BMC’s Town Planning department, the technical DP committee.
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