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Mumbai DP revision: Deficit in civic amenities to remain in 2034

According to the draft, the demand for education is 2,013 hectares while the provision has been made only for 1,165 hectares.

Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | June 1, 2016 2:45:55 am

DATA provided in the revised draft Development Plan indicates that there will be a deficit in civic amenities in the city even in 2034. Even after making added provisions in the revised DP, the civic body will be unable to meet the estimated demands in sectors such as health, education and markets in a majority of the 24 wards.

According to the draft, the demand for education is 2,013 hectares while the provision has been made only for 1,165 hectares.

This means there will be a shortage of 848 hectares even after 20 years. While the per capita norms to provide education amenities is 1.57 square metre, the BMC will only be able to provide 0.91 sq m by 2034.

The draft mentions that even though the civic body provides free primary education, the facilities may not be available as per the local population density and requirement.

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Such instances have been noted in wards like L, M East and M West, which have very few schools when compared to high slum populations. The BMC now runs 1,255 primary schools, 109 secondary schools and 430 private aided primary schools.

Similarly, the demand for medical amenities is 573 hectares while the revised draft of the DP mentions a provision of only 398 hectares.

In 2034, there will be a deficit of 139 hectares, the highest of which will be in the western suburbs.

The draft DP identifies the imbalance between the location of municipal health amenities across wards and the ward population as well as the slum population in the wards. In the current scenario, there are 26 maternity homes, 161 dispensaries, 167 health posts and 10 municipal hospitals under the civic body.

The trend continues in amenities related to markets too. Against a demand of 128 hectares, the draft only has a provision of 105 hectares.

According to urban planners, standards for all the amenities that the BMC has referred to are lower than the national standards prescribed by the Union government departments.

The revised draft proposes per capita norms of 0.4 sq m for medical, 1.574 sq m for education and 0.1 sq m for markets. Going by the Plans Formulation and Implementation guidelines, which comes under the urban development ministry, the standard for education amenities is 3.58 sq m per capita.

arita.sarkar@expressindia.com

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