CIVIC officials have decided to drop a crucial procedure while preparing the latest draft of Mumbai’s revised development plan.
For want of time, the municipality has decided not to make an assessment of the existing land use distribution and FSI consumption, employment distribution, and the availability of the social and planning infrastructure at the local level.
Town planning norms mandate that after preparing a draft, the developing plan at the city level, officials have to disaggregate a city into planning sectors for assessment of the existing floor-space consumption pattern.
A previous draft of Mumbai’s revised development plan, which was scrapped last April, had proposed to divide the city into 151 planning sectors to map the existing situation.
But the latest draft has done away with the concept. “It was a trade-off between what is desirable and what can be achieved within the time given to produce a revised draft,” said Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.
And to make up for the planning deficiency, officials have instead formulated neighbourhood or ward-level plans that map the existing availability of social and physical infrastructure. “These plans also map the existing deficiency of a social or a physical amenity. Accordingly, ward level provisions to beef up this amenity space have been made in consultation with ward level officials and citizens,” said Ramanath Jha, the Officer on Special Duty who is overseeing the development plan revision process.
At the ward level, the top demand was to mark lands for management of solid waste at the local level, officials said, adding development of social amenities such as old care homes and cemeteries etc. was also a priority.
Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis had ordered city officials to publish the revised draft by the month-end. While town planning norms permit formulation of planning sectors even after publication of a draft plan, Jha said, “It was felt that the planning exercise would consume a lot of time, and the implementation of the development plan will suffer.”
Civic officials said the 1991 development plan too had not implemented the planning sector norm.