Latest to join the chorus of protests against the controversial draft Development Plan (DP) 2034 for Mumbai released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are the residents of Wadala, who have alleged that the land use map of the new DP shows a proposed road cutting across what is currently a 14-storey tower at Dosti Acres in Wadala (East).
One of the largest housing colonies in the area, Dosti Acres consists 10 societies and 16 individual towers with more than 1,200 families residing in the complex. It is also home to some influential political leaders in the city.
The issue was recently highlighted by local Shiv Sena corporator and resident Trushna Vishwasrao in the BMC. She said, “The DP shows a 44-feet road cutting across Aster Building and a mountain just behind the tower. Is the BMC planning to demolish the structure? This shows the lack of planning and field work undertaken by the officials.”
She says most of the slums in the area have been marked as open spaces in the blueprint, threatening the existence of slum-dwellers in the vicinity.
Vishwasrao has also sent a letter pointing out the errors on behalf of the residents to Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte.
Though a committee has been set up by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to review the plan, the last date for suggestions and objections continues to be April 24, unless a further extension is granted.
A resident of Dosti Aster, who did not wish to be named, said, “The structure houses more than 150 families, most of whom have settled recently. How can BMC even think of marking a road cutting across the building?”
The Shiv Sena, which controls the BMC, has been vocal in its criticism of the DP. The party has demanded that the plan be completely scrapped and revised for the benefit of the poor in terms of affordable housing and better infrastructural facilities.