Public say must for modifying heritage list, says BMC

The non-marking of the heritage monuments, structures, and precincts on the city’s new development plan draft had led to some apprehensions that the public feedback won’t be mandatory before modifying the heritage list.

Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | Published: May 31, 2016 4:08:10 am

Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta clarified on Monday that suggestions and objections from the general public would be sought before modifying the list of heritage structures and monuments.

The non-marking of the heritage monuments, structures, and precincts on the city’s new development plan draft had led to some apprehensions that the public feedback won’t be mandatory before modifying the heritage list.

The Indian Express had highlighted these apprehensions in a report on Monday.

According to Mehta, the Development Control regulations make it clear that the heritage list can be supplemented, altered, deleted or modified by the government only after objections and suggestions from the public have been invited and duly considered before issuance of a notification.

The new DP has appended the 2012 heritage list to the development plan.

“The development plan is for a plan period of 20 years, during which the heritage list could be amended several times. Hence, instead of going through the Maharashtra Region Town Planning process of amendment, the development plan provides that the final list would become a part of the DP after sanction and notification by the government, which in draft goes through a process of suggestion and objection from public,” a communication from the civic body said.

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